Floral tributes to woman found dead on A3

TRIBUTES Flowers on the A3              Picture: Malcolm Wells (141514-2556)
TRIBUTES Flowers on the A3 Picture: Malcolm Wells (141514-2556)
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FLORAL tributes have been laid near the site of where a woman was discovered dead on the A3.

Hampshire police named the woman, who was found by a motorist, as Louise Malins, 48, of Horndean.

She was found on the northbound carriageway near Clanfield, Waterlooville, at 3.15am on Friday.

Two bouquets have been laid on the Chalton Lane road bridge above the A3 near to Gravel Hill on the outskirts of Clanfield.

One of the tributes reads: ‘Louise, I will miss you so much, lots and lots of love.’

Hampshire police said it is investigating the circumstances of Mrs Malins’ death, which is not being treated as suspicious.

A spokesman said: ‘We have spoken to a number of motorists travelling on the A3 northbound in the early hours of Friday morning.

‘Officers are keen to speak to anyone else who may have been travelling this route between 2.30am and 3.30am on Friday, May 23, and believes they saw or hit something in the carriageway.’

As reported, police are trying to piece together how Mrs Malins died.

Paramedics and police were called to the scene on Friday and both the north and southbound carriageways were closed.

The southbound carriageway was opened before the morning rush hour. The northbound lane remained closed until 10.30am.

Police kept the area from Windmill Hill to Gravel Hill closed.

Her next of kin has been informed.

Detectives said it is not being treated as suspicious and were keeping an open mind.

Several lines of inquiry were being explored.

That includes whether the woman was struck by a vehicle.

A Home Office post mortem took place on Friday.

Anyone with information to should call the Road Death Investigation Team on 101.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting Operation Anthorn.