A PENSIONER found dead in her sheltered housing bungalow had been strangled, it was claimed today.
The body of the 74-year-old, named locally as Rosie Sutherland, was discovered on Sunday afternoon.
It is reported that a relative found the body of the woman, who lived alone at the property in Longstone, Edinburgh, with her cat.
It is believed she died on Saturday night or early on Sunday morning. Police said the death is being treated as suspicious.
Police were called to the house in the complex in Longstone Park at 2pm yesterday (Sun).
Today (mon) a heavy police presence remained at the scene. Several streets leading into the area were cordoned off and police stationed nearby.
Groups of neighbour huddled nearby discussing the horrific events.
While she lived alone it is understood that her family visited regularly.
Many of the surrounding houses are occupied by vulnerable and elderly people and many said a death so close by had scared them.
One nearby resident said: “We live just down from her. We heard it was a suspicious death. It’s nasty.”
Another neighbour of the woman, who did not wish to be named, has spoken of her fear in hearing that someone in the complex has died.
She told a newspaper: “We are all worried and frightened
“It’s terrible to think we’re not safe in sheltered housing. The police aren’t telling us much at all.
“But there’s all kinds of rumours going around.
“I didn’t know the woman but she have family and you would see them visiting. She seemed a nice woman.”
A statement from Lothian and Borders Police released today said: “Just after 2pm on Sunday 30 October, police were called to a house at Longstone Park where the body of a 74-year-old woman was discovered.
“The house is part of a sheltered housing complex and the area is now condoned off while police and forensics carry out a detailed examination.
“The death is being treated as suspicious at this time and there is no further information to offer.”
Police said a man had been detained in connection with the incident.