Mum-of-two, 38, found dead in her home with horrific neck injuries pictured for first time as man held over 'murder'

THESE are the first pictures of a tragic mum killed in her own home as a man continued to be quizzed on suspicion of murder.

Kerry Woolley, 38, was discovered dead in her apartment in Solihull, West Mids, around 3.20pm on Sunday with a fatal neck injury.

Murder detectives were today continuing to quiz a 37-year-old man over the sudden death.

He remains in police custody being quizzed by detectives while the woman’s family are being supported by specialist officers.

Her grief-stricken family said in a statement: “As a family this has devastated us. We would like to thank everyone for their support. 

“We ask that we are now left alone to grieve in peace."

A post mortem has revealed Ms Woolley died of an injury to her neck.


Neighbours today paid tribute to Ms Woolley and said she lived with her son, 12, and daughter, nine.

One woman said: “It’s absolutely shocking. They only moved in a few months ago.

“She was a lovely lady – always smiling. She would take the kids to the McDonald’s over the road. It was clear she doted on them.

“I think she had a couple of dogs as well. You’d see her out walking.

Another added: “The police came on Sunday afternoon and you could tell it was serious straightaway.

"They cordoned off the entire area outside the apartments and they've put up a tent outside the front door.

“There have been police officers coming and going, as well as crime scene investigators.

“All the windows have been opened.

“I didn’t know what happened until I read that a woman had died. I don’t know who she is but it’s so sad.

“This is quite a nice area. You don’t expect this at all.

Police were called to Westley Heights apartments in the affluent West Midlands town on Sunday afternoon.

Evidence markers could be seen surrounding a child’s ‘stay safe’ rainbow picture stuck to a glass door.

A blue police tent was erected in front of a door to protect evidence and people viewing inside the apartment.

As a family this has devastated us. We would like to thank everyone for their suppor

Forensics teams today remained at the ground floor property to comb for clues.

Ms Woolley was believed to have worked for insurance giant Zurich as a claims team manager.

Her sister Lisa today said the devastated family wanted to be left to grieve in peace.

Friends and family members, including parents Steve and Lynda, changed their Facebook profile pictures to lit candles in her memory.

Detective Inspector Nick Barnes from the force CID team, said: “A woman has sadly lost her life so we’re doing all we can to establish what happened to her.  

“Our investigations are continuing and I’d urge anyone who may have any information to contact us as soon as possible

“The woman's family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

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