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She dies after being found seriously injured in her garden in Lytchett Matravers
FRIENDS have paid tribute to a former beauty queen after a man who was arrested on suspicion of murder was released without charge.
Carolyn Harvey, 62, was found seriously injured in her garden in Lytchett Matravers on Friday and was rushed to Poole Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Officers were called to the house in Wareham Road at 8.45am and arrested a 73-year-old male, who they said was known to Carolyn, on suspicion of murder.
He was later released without charge and police said the death is no longer being treated as suspicious, with the case due to be passed to the coroner today.
Neighbours and friends have spoken of their shock and distress at hearing of the death of Carolyn, a former hairdresser.
Maureen Nield, 79, who had known Carolyn for 50 years, said: “She was such a lovely person and I always went to her for my hair, even on my wedding day.
“Carolyn was very pretty, she was Corfe Mullen Carnival Queen in her early twenties.”
Maureen, a resident of nearby Dillons Gardens, added: “I’ve found the news very shocking and distressing, it really is unbelievable in a community like this.”
Carolyn did not have any children, but she did a lot of fundraising for Great Ormond Street Hospital, including charity walks around Dorset. Iris Randall, 70, said: “Carolyn used to run a hair dressing salon at Sandford Caravan Park and she was a great laugh.
“She was even a beauty queen back in the day.”
Neighbour Rex Spinney added: “Carolyn used to be a hairdresser, but both she and Keith retired some time ago.
“The news is just so shocking.”
Carolyn’s husband Keith declined to comment when the Daily Echo visited the scene yesterday.
An inquest is set to be opened and adjourned this week.
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