Hatfield murder suspect found dead

PUBLISHED: 22:16 29 May 2011 | UPDATED: 17:35 02 June 2011

Martin Collett

Martin Collett

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A MURDER hunt has been called off tonight (Sunday) after the main suspect was found dead.

Martin Collett, wanted for the murder of his ex-partner Angela Hoyt, was being hunted by police after the 34-year-old’s body was found on Tuesday at her home in Glebeland, Hatfield.

Police have now called off the search after a man, identified as Collett, was found on the railway line.

A police spokeswoman said: “The body of a man was found just north of Hatfield train station at about 11.30pm on Friday (May 27). Hertfordshire officers were informed by the British Transport Police (BTP) later that night and have been working with the BTP to identify the man.

“We can now confirm that it is that of Martin Collett, who was wanted for the murder of Angela Hoyt, aged 34, between May 22 and 24 at her home address on Glebeland, Hatfield.

"Angela had an infectious smile, it lit up the room."

The Hoyt family

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Ross from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, who has been leading the investigation, said: “Now we have found Martin, this brings our search to a conclusion and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with Angela’s death.

“I would like to take this opportunity to express my condolences to Angela’s family and close friends. Angela’s family have shown great courage and dignity while also helping and supporting our investigation.

“This is an extremely tragic case involving two people who were known to each other. Both families are being supported by specialist family liaison officers at this difficult time.”

Angela’s body was found by Hertfordshire officers on May 24, leading to the search for her ex boyfriend Martin. Detectives received a number of reports from members of the public that they had seen him in the Hatfield area, following appeals in the media.

Acting on this information, specialist search officers, including dog handlers, and the force helicopter worked at Hatfield House on the afternoon of May 27 looking for Martin.

DCI Mark Ross added: “My team and I are very grateful for all the assistance we have received from members of the public, partner agencies and the media during our search. We would like to thank them all for their help.”

Both deaths will now be handed to Hertfordshire Coroner Service to investigate.

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