Appeal to find Devon womans next of kin

(Last Updated On: May 28, 2021)

Police have appealed to the public to help them trace the next-of-kin of a woman from Musbury, East Devon, who was found deceased in April.

Lesley Steven’s body was found in water off Lyme Regis on Monday 19 April. A Dorset County Coroner has determined the cause of her death to be drowning.

Lesley, aged 63, worked as a staff nurse within the Community Care Team at Axminster Hospital. She had lived in the village of Musbury, near Axminster, for 18 years. She is believed to have been married, however her husband died before she moved to Musbury.

Photo: Devon and Cornwall Police

Prior to this, she lived in Seaton having moved to East Devon from Kent. Lesley is believed to have grown-up in, or lived in, the Kent area and may have next-of-kin there, however their details are unknown.

Lesley’s body is currently being retained by Dorset Coroner’s Office while her next-of-kin are traced.

Anyone who has any information which could assist police enquiries to locate Lesley’s next-of-kin is asked to contact police on 101 or via email at quoting reference, EN/6156/21.

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