PICTURED: Woman, 39, whose body was dumped in a wheelie bin for several weeks as police arrest a second man on suspicion of murder
- Nicola Stevenson, 39, found in a bin at recreation ground in Lewes, East Sussex
- Sussex Police have said that two men, aged 37 and 41 have been arrested since
- Post-mortem showed mother-of-two died following blunt force trauma to head
- Police said the bin could have been lying in undergrowth for more than fortnight
The body of 39-year-old Nicola Stevenson (pictured) was found by a dog walker in a green household bin in Lewes, East Sussex
Police have named a woman whose body was found dumped in a wheelie bin as they arrested two men on suspicion of her murder.
The body of 39-year-old Nicola Stevenson was found by a dog walker in a green household bin at the edge of a recreation ground in Lewes, East Sussex, at 12.30pm on Wednesday.
A 41-year-old man, of no fixed address, was arrested on Thursday and a second man, a 37-year-old also of no address, was arrested later that day in a car park in Langney Road, Eastbourne.
Sussex Police said the bin could have been lying in undergrowth for more than a fortnight.
A post-mortem established the mother-of-two, believed to be from Edinburgh, died following blunt force trauma to the head.
A spokesman for Sussex Police said despite no formal identification they are satisfied the body is Ms Stevenson and her next-of-kin have been informed.
A post-mortem established the mother-of-two, believed to be from Edinburgh, died following blunt force trauma to the head
He said: ‘She had suffered a significant head injury and a post-mortem has shown that she died as a result of blunt force trauma to her head. Her next-of-kin have been informed.’
Following the discovery on Wednesday, police initially treated her death as unexplained
According to her Facebook page, Ms Stevenson was a recovering cancer patient who went to Balerno High School near Edinburgh.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Friday said: ‘Our thoughts at this time are with Nicola’s family and friends and we are determined to seek justice for them.
‘Nicola died following a significant blow to the head. Her body had been placed in the wheelie bin and dumped in the undergrowth and we want to establish when that happened and when she was last seen alive.
‘We know that the bin was probably there on November 1 and we are now trying to establish when Nicola was last seen alive.
‘I am really interested to hear from anyone who saw her after around the first week of October.
‘We are very keen to hear from anyone who may be missing a green wheelie bin or who may have seen it lying in undergrowth at the scene over the last few weeks, but thought no more of it.
Police soon discovered that she had suffered a serious head injury. Pictured: the police cordon after the body was found on Wednesday
A spokesman for Sussex Police said despite no formal identification they are satisfied the body is Ms Stevenson and her next-of-kin have been informed. Pictured: the police cordon after the body was found on Wednesday
‘There were a considerable number of people in the area for one of the Bonfire Night firework displays and we would particularly like to hear from them if they saw anything.’
Following the discovery on Wednesday, police initially treated her death as unexplained.
A murder inquiry was launched after a examination showed Ms Stevenson had suffered a serious head injury.
Police believe the body could have been dumped several weeks ago and are appealing for anyone who saw the bin being wheeled to the park to come forward
A neighbour who asked not to be named said she heard screams behind her home late one night several weeks ago near to where a police cordon was in place.
She said: ‘It’s been horrendous. We spoke when she first moved here about a year ago.
‘I thought she had gone away and we haven’t seen her for four or five weeks.’
The 41-year-old man arrested is believed to have known the victim.
Both men remain in custody.