Exeter street closed due to Lorraine Cox murder investigation reopens

A road in Exeter that has been closed since September 3 has re-opened this evening (Friday).

Mary Arches Street in Exeter has been closed due to police investigations into the disappearance of 32-year-old Lorraine Cox during the night of August 31/September 1.

The road was shut for a total three weeks as detectives gathered evidence for their investigation.

Pictures sent to Devon Live from earlier today (October 2) show the road being cleared, with reports indicating it’s now reopened.

Last week, Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that a body discovered in the city was that of Lorraine.

A 22-year-old man of no fixed abode, Christopher Mayer has been charged with murder in connection with the disappearance of Lorraine and is due to appear at Exeter Crown Court on Thursday, October 8.

Floral tributes left on Mary Arches Street in Exeter
Floral tributes left on Mary Arches Street in Exeter
(Image: Alex Richards)

A statement from Devon and Cornwall Police on September 29 said: “Formal identification has now taken place in connection with the suspected murder of a woman from Exeter.

“It has now been confirmed that the body located in Exeter in September is that of Lorraine Cox, aged 32, from Exeter.

“The inquest into the death was opened and adjourned today by HM Coroner, Exeter while the criminal process into this matter continues.”

A fundraiser set up to contribute towards her funeral costs has seen an outpouring of donations, with a target of £2,700 exceeded significantly- the total currently stands at £3,698.

Isca Funerals, based in Heavitree, was asked by her distraught family to arrange the funeral in Exeter.

The combination of COVID-19 restrictions and the financial burden of a funeral means the family have limited options.

Malcolm Curnow, the owner of the business, said it was a chance for the community to show their support for the family by giving Lorraine the send-off she deserved.

He said: “She was a very well known and well-liked person in the city as can be seen by the many people have commented about her on Facebook.

“The family are not asking for charity, they will fund the funeral in their own way and are making a financial contribution – we are trying to uplift that.

“No family should be in a situation with these circumstances but we can all try to lift that burden and give her what she deserved.”

Devon Live