Welwyn Garden City woman ‘murdered in France’
PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 August 2012 | UPDATED: 21:51 29 August 2012
A FRENCH gardener has been charged with murder after a British woman, from Welwyn Garden City, vanished from her home in south west France.
Patricia Wilson, 58, moved to the picturesque village of Vabre Tizac with her partner five years ago.
The couple separated last year before the former advertising executive apparently struck up an intimate relationship with her gardener.
French police were called to Mrs Wilson’s home last Tuesday by neighbours who had become concerned about her welfare.
They said Mrs Wilson’s car had not moved for some time and her shutters were open despite a local heatwave.
It was reported police had entered her stone cottage where they found blood splattered on the floor and walls.
Police launched a murder enquiry and divers have been dredging lakes in the area. Her body had not been recovered at the time the WHT went to press.
Mrs Wilson sold her property portfolio in Hertfordshire and moved to France with her partner Donald.
Neighbours in the village said the couple had separated over a year ago
The gardener, who is yet to be named, was arrested on Friday after blood samples taken from her house and his car were said to have matched Mrs Wilson’s DNA profile.
Police in Montpellier charged him with murder, which he denies.
Mrs Wilson’s aunt Fenja Bailey told The Daily Mail the family were in shock.
Mrs Bailey, 70, from WGC, said: “We wish the police could tell us more. They still haven’t found her.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are aware of reports of a missing British national in France and are in contact with the investigating authorities.”
Herts police is liaising with the murdered woman’s family. A spokesman said: “We are aware of the on-going murder investigation in France into the death of a British woman, formerly of WGC.
“We have been providing support to the family of the woman.”
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