UPDATED: Death of woman found on beach ‘not suspicious’

Officers on Morecambe promenade on Saturday, August 10, after a woman's body was found on the sands.
Officers on Morecambe promenade on Saturday, August 10, after a woman's body was found on the sands.

A woman whose body was found on a beach in Morecambe is suspected to have drowned, police have said.

Susan Alston, 51, from Lancaster, was discovered at around 5.30am on Saturday near to the clock tower by a passer-by.

Police initially said they were treating her death as “unexplained” but have now confirmed it is not being treated as suspicious.

The provisional results of a post-mortem examination carried out at noon on Saturday was that the cause of death was drowning.

Detective Superintendent Neil Esseen, who is leading the investigation said: “This has been an absolutely tragic incident for all involved.

“Following a number of enquiries, we are happy that there was no third party involvement in Susan’s death and so, although police are continuing to investigate, it is not being treated as suspicious in anyway.

“We are however still trying to piece together exactly how Susan came to be in the water, so I would continue urge anyone who saw her in the early hours of Saturday morning in the area to contact us.”

Susan is described as around 5ft 2in with fair hair.

She was wearing black trousers, black wedge platform shoes, a blue sparkly top and a beige jacket.

Det Supt Esseen said: “So far we have established that the last sighting of Susan was at 2am on Saturday in Pedder Street, Morecambe, and we really need anyone who may have seen her after this time to come forward and speak to us, so that we can piece together events and bring comfort to her family.

“It is vital that we establish how Susan came to be on the beach.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101.