Alleged murder victim Jill Goldsmith, aged 49, married Northamptonshire Police officer last year

Jill Goldsmith, wife of Otis Goldsmith
Jill Goldsmith, wife of Otis Goldsmith

The woman found dead at a Northamptonshire Police detective constable’s home has been named as his wife Jill, aged 49.

Mrs Goldsmith married her husband, Otis, last year and they lived together at the semi-detached property on the Wootton Hall Park site of Northamptonshire Police’s headquarters.

Detective Constable Otis Goldsmith with wife Jill

Detective Constable Otis Goldsmith with wife Jill

Goldsmith’s elderly mother Sylvia and Michael, both 81 of whom live in Rushden, have expressed their distress at their son’s arrest.

Mrs Goldsmith said: “We don’t know any details about what happened but Otis has been arrested.

“He and Jill only married last year. This is a very difficult time for us all.”

In a statement released earlier today (Friday), Supt Chris Hillery said the murder had “shocked and upset many people”.

Detective Constable Otis Goldsmith

Detective Constable Otis Goldsmith

Supt Hillery said: “I would like to offer mine and Northamptonshire Police’s condolences to the family and friends of the victim of this incident.

“Otis Goldsmith has served with Northamptonshire Police for more than 28 years.

“What has happened has understandably shocked and upset many people within the local community and again, I would like to offer our sincere condolences to all those affected.”

Supt Hillery said 50 officers were working on the case from all forces in the region – including Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire.

Jill Goldsmith, wife of Otis Goldsmith

Jill Goldsmith, wife of Otis Goldsmith

He said the case was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission last night because the incident involved a death and a serving officer. But he said the IPCC will not be conducting the murder investigation itself which, as with all murder investigations in Northamptonshire, is being led by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit.

A post mortem examination is being carried out today at 2pm by a Home Office pathologist at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Anyone who has any information about this incident should contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Scene of the alleged murder of Jill Goldsmith

Scene of the alleged murder of Jill Goldsmith