Death of Worthing woman no longer treated as suspicious

Death of Worthing woman no longer treated as suspicious


Detectives investigating the death of a woman at her home in Worthing are no longer treating it as suspicious.

Jacqueline Cowdrey, known as Jacqui, was found dead in her flat in Heron Court, Victoria Road, Worthing, shortly before 6.00 pm on Tuesday November19th.

An investigation was launched and detectives from Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team initially treated the death as suspicious.

Although they no longer believe her death was suspicious, they are still investigating an assault on the victim on November 18th.

The 50-year-old had argued with a man in Bedford Row, close to the Vintner’s Parrot pub in Warwick Street, Worthing, on the evening before her body was found.

Two men aged 34 and 63, both from Worthing, were arrested and questioned on suspicion of murder before being released on bail.

The 34-year-old has now been released from his bail and told he is no longer part of the investigation.

Charles Schofield, 63, of Berkshire Court, The Strand, Worthing, has been charged with assaulting Jacqueline Cowdrey on November 18th.

He has been released on bail to appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on February 25th.

Detective Inspector Gordon Denslow said: “We would still like to speak to people who were in the area around Warwick Street on 18 November who saw Jacqueline arguing with a man.

“Although we are no longer treating her death as suspicious, we are still investigating the assault on her the night before during which she was injured.

“Please contact us if you know anything at all about what happened.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting Operation Seal, email: or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.