An elderly woman who was found dead following a house fire has been pictured.

Police launched the 100th murder investigation in London this year after Carole Harrison was discovered in her home in Teddington, south west London, following a blaze in the early hours of Wednesday.

A post-mortem failed to establish the cause of her death but detectives said her injuries were consistent with an assault.

Her neighbour Flo Osmond, 75, said the widow regularly invited strangers back to her home and said she was lonely.

She said: ‘She got this habit of inviting people in that she didn’t know, she really did not know what she was doing.

‘There was somebody cycling around outside on the day at lunch time.

‘She had three sons, two daughters. She was a grandmother.

‘We all really cared for her.’


Ms Osmond was at the scene when Ms Harrison was brought out following the fire.

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She added: ‘I woke up to someone screaming but it was somebody else on the back.

‘It was when we saw the fire about 12.30am or 1am that we phoned her son.

‘She was very difficult but a character, it’s not going to be the same without her.’


Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard said: ‘Police were called just after 1am on Wednesday August 22nd to a fire at an address on Mays Road in Teddington.

‘Officers attended along with paramedics and London Fire Brigade.

‘A 73-year-old woman was found dead inside the address. Her next of kin have been informed.

‘Although formal identification awaits, police are confident the victim is Carole Harrison who lived at the address.’

Detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating.

They want to get in touch with anyone who saw Ms Harrison on Tuesday.

No arrests have been made.

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