A woman has been charged with murder and arson with intent to endanger life after a man died following a house fire in Colchester in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Lisa Connelly, 42, unemployed, of Rochdale Way, Colchester is in custody and will appear before Colchester Magistrates Court tomorrow (Wednesday, September 7). Fred Payne, 78, of Rochdale Way, died as a result of smoke inhalation caused by the fire.
Police believe Mr Payne may have relatives living in Essex and despite exhaustive attempts to trace his next of kin; officers have been unable to trace any of his relatives so far.
DCI Stephen Jennings, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, is leading the investigation.
He said: “We really need to trace members of Mr Payne’s family and would urge them to get in touch with my team as soon as possible.”
Family members are asked to contact the investigation team on 101.
A 45-year-old man from Colchester, also arrested on suspicion of murder, has been bailed pending further enquiries until Wednesday, October 19.