Arrest Made Over Murder Of Woman From Southend

31 October 2014, 11:56 | Updated: 1 November 2014, 07:29

A man has been arrested over the discovery of washed-up body parts on an Essex island.

The remains of Angela Millington, 33, from Southend, were discovered by ramblers on Foulness Island on June 21.

Detectives identified her using DNA and forensic tests and believe the remains had been carried to the island by the tide.

Essex Police have arrested a 51-year-old man from Westcliff-on-Sea on suspicion of murder.

A spokesman said: "He has been taken to Southend Police Station for questioning.''

Ms Millington had no fixed address and was known to mix with street drinkers and homeless people, Essex Police said.

She was last seen alive when she visited a housing officer in Westcliff on November 21.

She also withdrew money from her bank account that day and her mobile phone has not been used since the end of that month.

It is not known how long Ms Millington's remains had been on the marshy island.

Speaking earlier this week, Detective Chief Inspector Simon Werrett said: ``We have launched a murder investigation as we don't know what happened to Angela.

``We are keeping all lines of inquiry open. Anyone with any information, no matter how small, could help us to discover how Angela died and bring her justice.''

The ramblers initially found a collection of bones as they walked in a salt marsh area.

They called police and a full search found further parts of the skeleton.

Detectives have been supporting her family and speaking to people who knew her to try to find out how and when she died, Essex Police said.

Anybody with information is asked to contact police on 01702 470173 during office hours or 101 outside of those times.

Update 1st November

A 51-year-old man from Westcliff-on-Sea arrested by police yesterday (Friday, October 31) on suspicion of the murder of Angela Millington has been released on police bail pending further enquiries until Monday, November 17.