A family, who live in a neighbouring house to where a woman was found dead, were seen carrying out suitcases and driving away as their street became a police scene.
Merseyside Police officers were contacted following reports that a woman in her 30s had been found unconscious in a house on Roughwood Drive, Kirkby, at around 5.20pm today, Sunday, January 21. However, the woman was confirmed dead at the scene.
Her next of kin have been notified and at this time her death is being treated as unexplained. A huge emergency services response was deployed to the area and will remain at the scene overnight.
Police officers had erected a cordon around the house where the ECHO understands the woman, whose identity has yet to be officially confirmed, was found, as well as several of the neighbouring properties.
The cordon also extended across a section of pavement outside the houses. A large number of police officers remained in the area guarding the multiple entrances to the cordon. Detectives were also on the scene and were carrying out door-to-door and CCTV enquiries in the local area.
Scientific support forensic officers were also spotted entering the house while a police officer was manned outside the open front door.
Eyewitnesses reported the woman was found on the ground floor of the semi-detached house, but this is yet to be confirmed by Merseyside Police.
Despite the heavy rain and wind a large number of people remained in the area. Neighbours stood outside their open front doors speaking, while groups of people waited around the cordon watching the police activity.
People who lived inside the police cordon could leave if they notified an officer. A family who lived in a property inside the cordon left carrying suitcases and drove away from the area. Roughwood Drive remained open for vehicles and a number of buses passed by within metres of the cordon.
Merseyside Police Chief Inspector Colin Dyer said: “We are carrying out a number of lines of enquiry as we seek to establish what has taken place. Witness enquiries are being carried out in the local area and we are examining local CCTV and Ring doorbell footage to build a picture of what has happened.
“We would ask anyone who was in the area of Roughwood Drive this afternoon who saw or heard anything to contact us as a matter of urgency.”
Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or call 101 quoting log 620 of 21st January.