Since Hampshire police first announced the suspicious death of a woman in a Beaulieu field on Tuesday, further information and the name of the victim have now been released on September 5. Penelope Davis, 47, was murdered while she was caring for her two horses. The cause of death was multiple stab wounds and Davis died at the scene. (See Rucki’s article Woman found dead in Hampshire field where she kept her horse.)
Known to her friends as Pennie, Davis was the mother of five children aged 13 to 20. She was employed by a local supermarket and formerly worked as a business development representative at a local newspaper.
Officials believe Davis was at the field with her two New Forest horses, grooming them, when she was overcome by her attacker(s) around 4:40 on Tuesday afternoon. Her body was discovered by her distressed husband of only four months, Pete Davis. Her brutal, untimely death has devastated her family beyond belief.
Authorities methodically examined the field, nearby fields and a farm house for any evidence according to Detective Superintendent Paul Barton of Hampshire police. He confirmed the results of the autopsy, saying that Davis’ cause of death was multiple stab wounds. Barton stated that a full murder inquiry has been started and numerous tips have already been offered to police.
According to Barton, Davis went to see her horses daily but times of day depended on her work hours. While she was there with her animals, she groomed and fed them. Often her husband would meet her there. Barton could not say whether Davis might have known her assailant.
He would not offer information about the murder weapon or whether the weapon had been found except to say that officers believe it was a “bladed item, possibly a knife, and that it would have most likely been discarded close to the scene.”
There are presently over 70 law officials involved in this murder investigation. Police do not as yet have an obvious suspect or suspects.
People are going to be extremely worried until we catch this person. I ask them to be vigilant and we will be stepping up patrols in the area.
One witness reported seeing a white Ford transit van parked by the field’s gate earlier, around 3 in the afternoon. However, the van was gone by the time Davis’ body was discovered.
Hampshire police renewed their request for information by anyone who might have been in the area on the afternoon of Davis’ murder. Police especially are appealing to the tourists who traveled by open-top bus in the field’s vicinity on Tuesday afternoon in the hope they snapped pictures.