Died 2nd September 2014

Penelope Davis (47), known as Pennie Davis, was found dead in a field near Beaulieu in the New Forest on the 2nd September 2014. She had suffered multiple stab wounds.

Her body was was found by her husband, whom Ms Davis had married in May 2014. She was previously known as Pennie Lambert.

Hampshire constabulary have launched a murder inquiry. Detective Sergeant Paul Barton confirmed that Ms Davis was from Blackfield, a village about four miles away. He said she had five children and worked in a supermarket.

He said: “We carried out an autopsy on Ms Davis yesterday at the Royal Hampshire County hospital and I can reveal that the cause of death was multiple stab wounds. This is therefore a murder inquiry.” There was, he added, “no obvious suspect”.

Police were first called to Ley Green Farm shortly before 5.00pm on Tuesday 2nd September after Ms Davis’s body was found. Police said it appeared she had been tending to a horse at the time.

A statement from Ms Davis’s family said they were “devastated by the death of our beloved mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend”. It said: “Pennie was a remarkable person. She was a devoted mother of five children, who worked hard to ensure that they had everything they needed. She cared for and supported them in everything they did.
“In May she married her love, Pete, at a joyful occasion surrounded by her loved ones. Pennie was the kind of woman who once she became your friend she was a friend for life. We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and grief that her death has caused.
She was particularly close to her mother who is devastated by her death and who joins the whole family in appealing to everyone for help in finding the perpetrator of this crime.”

DS Barton said Ms Davis regularly met her husband at the field. He said: “She comes down to tend her horses every day, the time may vary depending on her shift pattern. Her husband is extremely distraught at the moment.”

DS Barton said it was not known if the killer was a stranger or someone familiar to the victim, and would not comment on whether a murder weapon had been found. He added: “People are going to be extremely worried until we catch this person. I ask them to be vigilant and we will be stepping up patrols in the area.”

Police are appealing for anyone in the area between 2.00 and 5.00pm on Tuesday 2nd September 2014 to contact them, including a group of tourists travelling on an open-top bus who may have taken photos.

Note: This report was drawn from a report in the Guardian.

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