Found 24th March 2011
Brenda James (78) was found dead in woodland near Pilleygreen Hill within the Goodwood Estate in Chichester, West Sussex on 24th March 2011.
Ms James lived at Lakeside Caravan Park in Chichester and according to her family was extremely popular with a wide circle of friends with whom she met regularly to play bridge and enjoy other hobbies.
Close friends reported her missing on Tuesday 22nd March following concern that she had not been in touch for several days. A post-mortem examination revealed that she died from a “head injury caused by a weapon”, according to Sussex Police.
Mrs James’ son Neale James (50) of Vinetrow Road, Chichester was charged with her murder on Friday 25th March the day after the body was found by specialist police search teams.
Subsequently, on Sunday 27 March, a 46 year old man from Ipswich, Suffolk, was also arrested on suspicion of murder.
Ms James’ daughter, Nicole James, said:
“Mum spent nearly all her summers and most of her Christmases with me and my family in Sweden. She had a close circle of her own friends here and was much loved and admired for her attitude to life and her sociable ways. Her close family up in Cleethorpes are devastated. At home in Chichester, we know mum will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved her.”