Seven Sisters murder: woman released on bail

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A woman arrested for murder after a man’s body was found on a pathway at the Seven Sisters Country Park last week has been released on bail.

The 78-year-old woman was quizzed for several hours after the man was found dead at the popular tourist spot on the A259 between Eastbourne and Seaford in the early hours of Friday morning.

She is now receiving hospital treatment while police await the findings of a post-mortem to discover exactly how he died.

Police are refusing to comment on rumours and speculation that the woman and the man, who were known to each other, had taken part in a suicide pact which went badly wrong.

They have confirmed an ambulance was called to the entrance of the Seven Sisters Country Park after a passing motorist was flagged down by a woman at 2.30am.

Police say the man was discovered on a pathway leading to the sea and was already dead.

As the Gazette went to press the man had not yet been formally identified by next of kin and detectives were awaiting the results of the post-mortem.

The murder is being investigated by the Major Crime Team and officers are appealing for information from the public.

Acting DCI Jon Fanner, from the Major Crime Team, said, “We are continuing to investigate this tragic incident and are appealing to anyone who was in the country park on Thursday afternoon or evening of September 5 and may have seen an elderly couple behaving unusually or what would appear to be out of character.

“We also believe they were staying in Brighton so would like to hear from anyone who was on a bus travelling from the city to the Seven Sisters area and who saw an elderly couple get off at this location.”

Police guards were at the scene throughout Friday and the car park at Exceat was closed, along with the park to the east side of the old river meanders, while investigations were carried out.

It re-opened on Saturday morning.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Arran.