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Police hunting for man on Exmoor after woman's body found

By EGaskarth  |  Posted: January 13, 2013

Richard Newton

Richard Newton

Police are searching for a man on Exmoor in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found in Wiltshire this morning.

Officers want to locate 51-year-old Richard Gordon Newton, who is from the Bowerhill area of Melksham. 

They believe he might hold vital information in relation to a woman's body which was found at an address in the town.

It is thought that Mr Newton was driving a blue Volkswagen Polo - registration number S487 CKN - from his home address in Melksham to the Williton area of Somerset.

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said it was believed Mr Newton left his house on Sunday morning.

Avon and Somerset police officers found the vehicle unattended at Brendon Common on Exmoor shortly before 12.30pm.

The woman is yet to be formally identified.

Brendon Common is on the north edge of Exmoor, 3km south of the village of Brendon in Devon.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Mr Newton or who may have any information on this incident is asked to call Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

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