Police Investigate Emma's Death A Year On

Wednesday 27th April 2016

eastbourne buzz news - Emma Crowhurst

Detectives still believe that someone has information that may help solve the mystery of the tragic death of an Eastbourne woman, one year on from the incident.

Emma Crowhurst, 36, of Albion Road, Eastbourne, was found on the pavement in Chawbrook Road, at the junction with Dudley Road and Havelock Road, very close to her home, just before midnight on Sunday 26 April, having sustained a head injury.

She was taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital and was transferred to Hurstwood Park Hospital at Haywards Heath on the following day where she remained conscious and her condition was assessed as serious but not life threatening. It was established that she had a fractured skull.

However Emma's condition worsened and very sadly she died late on the evening on Monday 11 May.

Acting Detective Superintendent Mike Ashcroft, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, who has led the investigation into Emma's death, said: "We have made extensive enquiries among people who knew Emma and we have also spoken to many local people who have contacted us.

"It has been a painstaking process but so far it has not been possible to establish exactly what happened to her. No arrests have been made.

"Several people have described an argument between a man and a woman just before midnight at or very nearby where she was found. This argument may have been what led to Emma being found in the road with the ultimately fatal injuries.

"We still need to heard from anyone who went to Emma's assistance before the police and ambulance teams arrived in Chawbrook Road, and to anyone who was there or in Dudley Road or Havelock Road at that time.

"Emma was last seen on CCTV, outside Sainsbury's Local in Seaside at the junction of Belmore Road just after 11pm.

"We think Emma got home, where she lived with her partner, sometime after 11.10pm, and then went out to fetch her cats, which was her normal routine. It was at the same time she would have been doing that the argument was heard."

Her mother, Marina Crowhurst, said last year: "Emma was a lovely girl, loved by her family and friends who had a heart of gold. This is a massive, irreplaceable loss and we want anyone responsible for this brought to justice. We have every faith in Sussex Police and fully support their investigation."

Mike Ashcroft said; "Anyone who does have any information about what happened that night and who has not yet spoken to us, can do so at any time via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, in either case quoting Operation Shortgate.

"They can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers without having to leave their name on 0800 555 111 or online.”


Picture: Emma Crowhurst (courtesy of Sussex Police)

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