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Pensioner, 65, arrested on suspicion of 34-year-old ‘Lady in the Lake’ murder

Pensioner, 65, is arrested on suspicion of ‘Lady in the Lake’ murder after woman was found dead, gagged and dumped 34 years ago

  • Shani Warren’s body was found submerged in a Taplow, Bucks, lake in April 1987
  • Her death was one of the Thames Valley’s most obscure unsolved murders 
  • Police on Tuesday confirmed they had arrested a 65-year-old man on suspicion of Warren’s murder, without giving any other details about the suspect


A pensioner has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the ‘Lady in the Lake’ case of a woman found dead, gagged and dumped 34 years ago. 

Shani Warren’s body was found submerged in a lake in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, in April 1987. 

On Tuesday, a 65-year-old man was arrested and is currently in police custody, Thames Valley Police said. 

No one has ever been charged with Ms Warren’s death, which was one of the Thames Valley’s most obscure unsolved murders.   

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said on Tuesday: ‘Officers have arrested a man in connection with a murder that occurred in 1987.

‘The 65-year-old man was arrested this morning and is currently in police custody. He was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Shani Warren, whose body was found in a lake at Taplow in April 1987.’

No other details of the suspect have been given.

A pensioner has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the ‘Lady in the Lake’ case of a woman found dead, gagged and dumped 34 years ago. Shani Warren(pictured)’s body was found submerged in a lake in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, in April 1987

No one has ever been charged with Ms Warren's death, which was one of the Thames Valley's most obscure unsolved murders. Pictured: The Lake at Taplow where Ms Warren's body was discovered

No one has ever been charged with Ms Warren’s death, which was one of the Thames Valley’s most obscure unsolved murders. Pictured: The Lake at Taplow where Ms Warren’s body was discovered

Police treated Ms Warren’s death as a suicide in three days immediately following the discovery of her body.

It was only after a full-scale post mortem examination that a murder investigation was launched. 

Ms Warren, who was 26 when she was killed, vanished on April 17, 1987, after cutting the grass at the Stoke Poges home bought for her by her parents which she shared with two housemates.

She had set off in her car to dispose of the grass cuttings. 

Her body was found in the Taplow lake the following day at 6.30pm by Marjorie Arnold who was out walking her dog. Mrs Arnold’s German Shepherd showed an unusual interest in something in the lake.

Ms Warren, who was 26 when she was killed, vanished on April 17, 1987, after cutting the grass at the Stoke Poges home bought for her by her parents which she shared with two housemates

Ms Warren, who was 26 when she was killed, vanished on April 17, 1987, after cutting the grass at the Stoke Poges home bought for her by her parents which she shared with two housemates

When Mrs Arnold investigated, she uncovered Ms Warren’s bound and gagged body lying face-down in the water.

Ms Warren had been sexually assaulted and died from drowning, investigators found.   

Prior to the discovery of her body, a lorry driver spotted Ms Warren’s car parked in a lay-by on the A4. 

A reconstruction played on the BBC TV series Crimewatch, showed the vehicle had been left unlocked, with one door slightly open.

Some of Ms Warren’s belongings had been found in the undergrowth by the vehicle, the reconstruction stated.   

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