By Andy Dolan for the Daily Mail and Daily Mail
Published: 22:12 BST, 15 September 2019 | Updated: 11:37 BST, 16 September 2019
The remains of Lucy Wright, 40, are believed to have been found in an outbuilding in Stoke-on-Trent prompting a murder inquiry
Police are investigating after a woman’s body of was found in an outbuilding – five days after firefighters put out a blaze in the backyard of the vacant property.
Detectives believe the remains are those of Lucy Wright, 40, who was reported missing on September 5 and last seen alive the day before.
Fire crews arrived at the student property, which neighbours said has been empty since the start of the summer break, on September 6 after a 999 call.
Former university student Miss Wright's body was discovered in Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent, on Wednesday last week. Police sealed off an alleyway as forensic teams concentrated on the rear of the end-of-terrace home.
Resident William Stevens, 71, said: 'The house is a student house so it's been empty all summer. A neighbour told me there had been a fire in the outhouse.
'It was such a mess and there was burnt rubbish everywhere. The outhouse was all caved in.'
Firefighters were called to a blaze in the back yard