Body of murdered Essex woman Angela Millington found with 'gaffer tape mask', say police

The skeletal remains of Ms Millington were found two years ago but police have not caught her killer

Will Worley
Friday 20 May 2016 14:39
Detectives reveal Angela Millington’s body was found with a 'gaffer tape mask'

The body of a woman found washed up on an Essex shoreline had a ‘gaffer tape mask’.

Angela Millington, from Southend, was found on Foulness Island, Essex in 2014.

Detectives have now released new information about her in an attempt to discover what happened to her.

Ms Millington led a “chaotic lifestyle”, according to the police, and sometimes lived on the streets, often on Southend High Street. She also spent time living with her partner in the town.

She was last seen by street pastors in early February 2014 but was not seen again until June in the same year, when her bones were discovered by hikers on the island, part of which also serves as a military firing range.

“We don’t know how she died,” DCI Simon Werrett of Essex Police said in a video appeal.

“We’ve got only skeletal remains, what was found near her was a mask of gaffer tape around her face.”

Ms Millington sometimes lived on the streets

The video shows images of the mask, which can be seen to be several layers thick and covered in mud. An image of a replicated mask on a mannequins head was also displayed.

DCI Werrett continued: “We don’t know if it was before or after death it was put on.

“What we do believe, because of where Foulness is and the security there, the likely option is that she went in to the sea, somewhere along the [mainland] seafront and the tide has taken her around to Foulness.”

Essex Police arrested two men on suspicion of murder, but they were later released without charge.

The detective maintained that “someone out there knows what happened to Angela.”

The charity Crimestoppers have offered a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for Ms Millington’s murder.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111

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