First picture of woman found dead in suspected shooting


This is the first picture of a woman found dead in a suspected shooting – just weeks before she was due to become a grandmother for the first time.

Mother-of-two Amanda Sorrell, 52, was discovered after colleagues at the council where she worked raised the alarm when she failed to turn up.

She was found dead and a 65-year-old man was discovered with serious injuries at her home in the quiet village of Stoke Climsland, near Callington, Cornwall.

The man was flown by air ambulance to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth where he is being treated for undisclosed wounds before police are able to question him.

A police spokesman today said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the death of Amanda.

The man found injured at the property is under police guard at hospital.

Amanda was found dead on Monday and friends say she died just weeks before one of her sons was due to become a dad – her first grandchild.

Officers have not confirmed the nature of the Ms Sorrell’s injuries or say whether her death is now being treated as murder.

But neighbours have reported hearing two loud bangs in the early hours of Monday and it is thought Amanda was shot and killed.

A police spokesman said: ”A post mortem is being carried out and until such time we cannot confirm the nature of the injuries.

”There has been a significant amount of police presence at the scene and this is still very much an active investigation.

”We are currently in the process of examining the scene of the incident and the result of that will help us to start to build up a picture of what took place.

”Until we speak to the injured man we will not have a clear picture of what happened.”

Police arrived at the two-storey property in at 12.50pm on Monday and discovered Amanda’s body and the unnamed man.

She worked as a births, deaths and marriages registrar at Cornwall County Council but a spokesman said it could not comment until she had been formally identified.

One neighbour said: ”She was always chatty and friendly. She was about to become a grandmother for the first time which had made her very happy.”

Neighbour Terrence Shead, 84, added: ”I heard bangs – it sounded like a door slamming – in the early hours of Monday morning. It hasn’t really sunk in yet.”


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