Police who battered down the door of an isolated Doncaster farmhouse were too late to save a woman who lay dead inside.
But officers and paramedics were able to revive a man, believed to be her husband, who was unconscious and is now under arrest.
Detectives launched a murder investigation after the woman’s body was found at a property near the village of Blaxton. It is understood they are treating the incident as a ‘domestic’, and a spokesman said they are not seeking anyone else in connection with the death at this time.
Officers were called to Common Farm on Thorne Road at about 6pm on Wednesday evening after concerns were expressed for the welfare of a woman believed to be Sheila Wild.
The body of a 49-year-old woman, who has not been named officially, was found in the property, as well as a 51-year-old man who was unconscious.
The man was later arrested on suspicion of murder and is in hospital, where he was yesterday said to be in a critical but stable condition.
Formal identification of the woman has not yet taken place and a post-mortem examination was expected to take place yesterday afternoon.
The dead woman, who is understood to be the wife of Raymond Wild, aged 51, lived in a detached farmhouse close to the A614 road between Blaxton and Lindholme.
She was the managing director of a company , Totally Wild About Food and a pig breeder.
Neighbours said the couple, who are believed to have lived there since about 2002, “kept themselves to themselves”.
Blaxton resident Anneliee Hall said: “From what I’ve heard the woman’s family raised the alarm because they expected her to be somewhere at a certain time but she wasn’t.
“They called the police and they broke in and found her dead.”
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