Woman’s body found in Burnley house
9:49am Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
A WOMAN has been found dead in her Burnley home by a shocked neighbour.
Deborah Moss, 45, was discovered by Josef Zichacek slumped on her living room floor with blood around her head.
A police spokesman said they were treating Ms Moss’s death as ‘unexplained’.
Mr Zichacek, 47, found the body after he returned home from Burnley’s game against Birmingham on Tuesday night at Turf Moor.
He said he found Ms Moss’s body after he noticed the front door of her terrace home in Hunslet Street was wide open.
He said: “I came back at half-time, about 8.30pm, for some cigarettes and everything was normal.
“Then when I came back after the game, at around 9.45pm, I noticed the door was open.
“I went into the house and she was lying on the floor with blood around her head.
“You could tell she was already dead; she was cold and blue.
“I rode in the ambulance with her to Burnley hospital but it was too late.”
Mr Zichacek, a native of the Czech Republic, said he had moved to Burnley four years ago but that he did not know Ms Moss very well.
Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said Ms Moss had lived at three different houses in Hunslet Street and had been in her present one for ‘a few months’.
One resident said she was woken by the noise of police dogs.
Police were present at the scene until around 11am yesterday.
Mr Zichacek added: “I think she lived there with a man but it was hard to tell because there were always people coming and going from the house.
“I didn’t see much of her in the last fortnight but she seemed like a nice woman.”
Friends and family took to social media to pay tribute to Ms Moss.
Laurie Smithies said: “All I can do is think about the happy times we all shared together. In my head your smiling and laughing. “That's how I will always remember you. RIP Auntie Deb.”
Michelle Fleming added: “Life is too short to hang around, grab things while you can. You just never know what's going to happen.
“R.I.P Debbie, all the family are thinking of you today and always.”
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