Expat woman feared murdered in France

Published:  31 Aug at 2 PM
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Police in France have charged a gardener with the murder of a British expat who has vanish from her house in Vabre Tizac in the southwest of the country. The blood of Patricia Wilson, 58, was found in her cottage and her gardener’s car, according to reports.

It is thought that the retired woman began an intimate relationship with her gardener after breaking up with her long-term partner around a year ago. She was reported missing last week when her neighbours noticed that her car hadn’t moved and she had left her windows open despite a heat wave.

Although Ms Wilson’s body has not yet been found, local officers are convinced that she has been murdered. They have searched the area, dredged the lake and searched the gardener’s home to no avail.

Ms Wilson moved to the tiny French village with her long-term partner Donald Marcus after retiring from her job as an advertising executive in Welwyn Garden City. It is thought that the couple broke up, after which Ms Wilson began a relationship with the gardener.

The gardener, who has not been named, denies any wrongdoing. Blood samples taken from his car and the cottage match Ms Wilson’s DNA profile, however.

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