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Delabole murder arrest - Joan Roddam case re-opened

By WBMiles  |  Posted: March 18, 2014

Joan Roddam was murdered in Delabole in 2003 - police have now arrested a 42-year-old man.

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A man from North Cornwall has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a cold case was re-opened.

The body of 74-year-old Joan Roddam was found near her home at West Downs, near Delabole on November 8 in 2003.

A post mortem examination revealed that she had died from asphyxiation.

Police said Cornwall’s Major Crime investigation Team had carried out a review of the case.

Mrs Roddam was last seen at around 11am on Friday, November 7. Her body was found at about 9pm the following day in a field at the rear of her property in West Downs.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Their enquiries have resulted in the arrest this morning of a 42-year-old local man on suspicion of murder.”

The man is being kept in custody at Launceston Police Station awaiting interview.

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