Police hunting for a man in connection with the murder of a guest house landlady have urged the public not to approach him.
Detectives want to trace John Heald, 53, from South Yorkshire, after Bei Carter, 49, was found dead at Morayland Hotel in Marshall Avenue, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, just before midnight.
Officers believe he has since moved out of the Humberside Police area, possibly using public transport, and colleagues in neighbouring forces have been alerted.
A Humberside Police spokesman said: "He is considered to be dangerous and anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to ring the Major Incident Team at Humberside Police on 01377 208989 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."
The guest house was cordoned off and crime scene investigators were carrying out forensic work.
The victim's family has been informed of her death and specially trained officers have been supporting them.
Detective Chief Inspector Matt Baldwin, senior investigating officer, said: "A team of detectives has been working throughout the day to trace Mr Heald and we are currently following up a number of lines of inquiry.
"We believe it is likely he has left the Humberside area and may have travelled into neighbouring force areas and so we have been working closely with colleagues across the region.
"At this time Mr Heald remains outstanding and it is a priority for the police to locate and speak to him.
"I consider Mr Heald to be dangerous and members of the public should not approach him. Instead they should ring 999 immediately.
"We believe he could be looking for accommodation and so it is extremely important that any hoteliers who are approached by him for a room do not allow him into their premises and contact the police straight away."
Mr Heald was described as white, of slim build with short grey hair, and when last seen he was wearing smart jeans and had a distinctive diamond stud earring in his right ear.