Police appeal to find next-of-kin of East Devon woman who died in April

Police are appealing for help to trace the next-of-kin of a 63-year-old East Devon woman who was found dead in Dorset last month. 

The body of Lesley Stevens, from Membury, near Axminster, was located in the sea off Lyme Regis on the morning  of Monday 19 April.

She had left her home at 7am on the same day and a coroner has determined the cause of her death to be drowning.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “Lesley had lived in the village of Membury, near Axminster, for 18 years. Prior to this, she lived in Seaton having moved to East Devon from Kent.

Police are appealing for help to find the next-of-kin of Lesley Stevens from Membury, near Axminster, in East Devon.

Police are appealing for help to find the next-of-kin of Lesley Stevens from Membury, near Axminster, in East Devon.

“Lesley worked as a staff nurse within the Community Care Team at Axminster Hospital. She drove a red Citroen C1 which was located parked in Lyme Regis following her body being found.

“Lesley is believed to have grown-up in, or lived in, the Kent area and may have next-of-kin there, however, their details are unknown.

“She is believed to have been married, however, her husband died before she moved to Membury.

Police are appealing for help to find the next-of-kin of Lesley Stevens from Membury, near Axminster, in East Devon.

Lesley Stevens lived in Membury, near Axminster, in East Devon.

“Lesley’s body is currently being retained by Dorset Coroner’s Office while her next-of-kin are traced.

“Anyone who has any information which could assist police enquiries to locate Lesley’s next-of-kin is asked to contact police on 101 or via email at 101@dc.police.uk quoting reference EN/6156/21.”

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