A great-grandmother who was strangled to death in her home has been described as a ‘loving wife, mother and friend’.
Mildred Whitmore, 84, was found dead at her property on College Street, in Nuneaton, on Tuesday morning.
Warwickshire Police say a post mortem revealed she died from asphyxiation.
A man, 31, who was arrested on suspicion of murder remains in custody.
Mrs Whitmore’s heartbroken family paid an emotional tribute to her in a statement, saying: ‘Mildred was the queen of our family. A loving wife, mother, grandma, great-grandma and friend.
‘Mildred would find great enjoyment from spending time with her family and pottering around her garden.
‘Everyone who knew her would agree she was a loving gentle lady, who will be greatly missed by all that were lucky enough to know her.’
Investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Corfield, from Warwickshire Police, added: ‘We’re continuing to investigate this incident and our thoughts very much remain with Mildred’s family.
‘We are keeping them fully updated and they are being supported by specially-trained officers.
‘Officers will remain in the area over the coming days as part of enquiries, and can be approached by members of the community with any concerns.
‘Our investigation remains ongoing and we would ask anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the College Street area between 7pm on Monday and 9am on Tuesday to please come forward.’
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