Murder squad detectives seek sightings of car in Hampshire.

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Detectives investigating a woman’s murder are seeking sightings of a car in Hampshire.

Officers discovered the body of Sarah Pollock, 41, in her flat in Avon Close in the Springbourne area of Bournemouth, Dorset, at 3.26pm on March 25.

Her colleagues raised the alarm after she failed to open the shop she was working for at the Dolphin Centre in Poole.

Police say a hire car integral to their enquiries might have been used in Hampshire before or after her death.

A post-mortem examination found Miss Pollock died as a result of strangulation and severe stab wounds to the neck.

Builder Colin Dymond, 52, from Bournemouth, who was known to Miss Pollock, has been charged with her murder.

Detective Inspector Mark Samuel, of Dorset Police, said: “Family liaison officers have updated Sarah’s family with this development and the thoughts of the investigation team are with her loved ones.

“Clearly this is a very difficult time for the whole family and they have requested privacy.

“I would also like to thank local people who have been patient and assisted police, particularly some of the residents of Avon Close who have been temporarily relocated.

“Their understanding and co-operation has helped us conduct a thorough investigation into this tragic matter as swiftly as possible.”

Miss Pollock’s body was formally identified by family members, who are being supported by police family liaison officers.

Mr Samuel appealed for the public’s help to trace the movements of a Peugeot 308 estate hire care with the registration HN14 HWC.

“Although we have charged a man with murder we still want to hear from members of the public if they have any information that could help with the investigation into Sarah’s death,” he said.

“We have now recovered the Peugeot hire car from the London area and I am interested if anyone saw it being driven or parked in Dorset or Hampshire between 4pm on Tuesday 24 March and 10pm on Wednesday 25 March 2015. If so, please call Dorset Police urgently.

“We are still building a picture of exactly what happened to Sarah. If anyone saw or heard anything suspicious in the Avon Close area of Bournemouth or has any other information that could be useful, I would urge them to please get in touch.”

Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police on 101 quoting Operation Inlet.

In a statement, Miss Pollock’s family said: “We have lost an important part of our lives; a kind, caring, honest, outgoing and ultimately indescribable daughter, sister and auntie from our close-knit family.

“She was unforgettable and she will always remain in our hearts and minds, although she should not be gone.

“We respectfully ask that we are left to grieve without intrusion and want to thank Dorset Police for their hard work so far in helping our distraught family.”