POLICE are trying to piece together how a woman from the Waterlooville area met her death.
At about 3.15am yesterday, officers were called by paramedics to a report of a woman’s body on the carriageway of the A3 near Clanfield.
A 48-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Both the north and southbound carriageways were closed immediately after the discovery as officers carried out a forensic investigation of the scene.
The southbound carriageway was opened before the morning rush hour, but the northbound lane remained closed until 10.30am.
The area cordoned off was from Windmill Hill to Gravel Hill.
The woman has not yet been named by police, but her next of kin have been informed.
Police do not believe any foul play was involved in the death and are not treating it as suspicious at this stage.
Detectives said they were keeping an open mind and several lines of inquiry were being explored.
One of them will be whether the woman was struck by a vehicle.
Charlotte Tilling, a spokeswoman for Hampshire police, said: ‘Police investigating a serious incident on the A3 northbound are appealing for witnesses.
‘Police are investigating the circumstances of her death and at this stage her death is not being treated as suspicious.’
A Home Office post mortem took place yesterday afternoon to ascertain the cause of death.
It is now expected that the results of this will go towards a file being prepared for Portsmouth’s coroner.
Large queues built up during the rush hour as traffic was diverted.
Motorists experienced delays of up to 45 minutes as vehicles were sent down Chalton Lane.
The death shocked villagers in Clanfield.
Local councillor Ken Moon said: ‘I would hope there’s nothing sinister – we just don’t know until they establish the cause of death.
‘It’s a very unusual occurrence in Clanfield.
‘It would be a shock, particularly if she’s from the village itself.
‘It’s certainly of some concern.’
Anyone with information about the incident should call the Road Death Investigation Team on 101.
Alternative call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting 44140180696.