WA woman charged over murder in Tasmania

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A WESTERN Australian woman has been charged with the murder of a 71-year-old woman whose body was found at a home in northern Tasmania.

The 46-year-old was charged on Thursday night after being arrested by police at a hotel in Bunbury.

Veronica Corstorphine’s body was discovered by police in a South Launceston house on October 29, after a friend raised concerns having not seen her for a month.

Investigators believe Ms Corstorphine was killed around October 3.

They don’t believe a weapon was used and say her body showed no sign of injury.

“We are still in the early stages of gathering evidence and interviews and so we can’t confirm publicly at this stage how she died,” Tasmania Police Detective Inspector Kim Steven said on Friday.

Ms Corstorphine and her alleged killer are related and had been living together in the Launceston house for two months.

Ms Corstorphine had been living in Tasmania for three years, and had previously lived across Australia.

“She was an active lady. Very involved in studies and was doing some work with Oxford University,” Insp Steven said.

Police say several items belonging to her were missing from the house.

The woman returned to WA on October 5.

She is likely to be extradited to Launceston early next week.