Police confirm body found in Exeter is Lorraine Cox, as inquest opens

Formal identification has now taken place in connection with the suspected murder of a woman from Exeter, police say.

Police have confirmed that the body discovered in the city centre in September is that of Lorraine Cox, aged 32, from Exeter.

The inquest into Lorraine’s death was opened and adjourned today (Tuesday, September 29) by the Coroner.

Devon and Cornwall Police said Lorraine’s family has been kept informed of the updates and are being supported by trained officers.

The family has continued to ask for their privacy to be respected.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “Formal identification has now taken place in connection with the suspected murder of a woman from Exeter.

“It has now been confirmed that the body located in Exeter in September is that of Lorraine Cox, aged 32, from Exeter.

“The inquest into the death was opened and adjourned today by HM Coroner, while the criminal process into this matter continues.

The spokesperson added: “The family of Lorraine has been kept informed of these updates and are being supported by trained liaison officers.

“They continue to ask for their privacy to be respected at this difficult time.

Police searching for Lorraine, last seen in the city centre on September 1, closed off Mary Arches Street for several days.

Officers also searched an area of woodland in Newton St Cyres, and police divers were last week seen in the River Exe, close to the city centre.

  • Christopher Mayer, aged 22, of no fixed abode, has been charged with murder and is due to appear at Exeter Crown Court on Thursday, October 8.
  • Police said five other men, aged 43, 22, 30, 33 and 71, have all been released on bail until Wednesday, October 7.

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