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Body of woman, 40, is found in outbuilding five days after firefighters put out blaze at empty home  A murder inquiry was launched after Lucy Wright's body was found last week  The 40-year-old former student's remains were found near a student house   Her body was only discovered after the outhouse it was in was set on fire

By Andy Dolan for the Daily Mail and Daily Mail

Published: 22:12 BST, 15 September 2019 | Updated: 11:37 BST, 16 September 2019

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The remains of Lucy Wright, 40, are believed to have been found in an outbuilding in Stoke-on-Trent prompting a murder inquiry

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 of a house - six days before the body of the missing woman was discovered

Firefighters were called to a blaze in the back yard

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