A WOMAN who was found dead in Wallingford has been locally identified at Katie Hurmuz-Irimia.

Mrs Hurmuz-Irimia, who was in her 40s, was sadly pronounced dead in Blue Mountains, Wallingford by Thames Valley Police at 2am yesterday, Tuesday, August 30.

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Tributes have flooded in for Mrs Hurmuz-Irimia, previously known as Katie Chalk, online.

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One friend posted: “RIP Katie Hurmuz-Irimia. Much love to your family and friends.”

Another post read: “Sleep tight Katie Hurmuz-Irmia. Fly high with the stars, you will be missed by loads.”

A close friend of Mrs Hurmuz-Irmia’s, Anna McColl, said she is still “in shock” upon hearing the news.

Speaking to the Oxford Mail, she said: “Myself and many other people in Wallingford are very shocked to hear that this has happened to her as she is one of those people who is so nice and she wouldn’t do anything to anyone.

“She has been through a lot in the last few years and it’s horrible to hear this is the end for her.

“I’ve known her for more than 10 years. She is very local to Wallingford and lots of people know her.

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“It is just one of those things where she has always been so kind and considerate and she’ll talk to anyone – I’m still a little bit shocked”.

A neighbour, who has lived in Blue Mountains for 13 years, said she had known Mrs Hurmuz-Irimia for a “long time” and was in “disbelief” at the news.

Speaking anonymously to the Oxford Mail, she said: “She has always been so friendly. A lot of people are going to miss her.

“It’s shocking that this has happened – she is just such a nice person.”

It is believed Mrs Hurmuz-Irimia used to work at the Londis store in Sinodun Road. The Oxford Mail asked the store for a comment but they were unable to at this time.

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said they could not comment further on the victim’s identity until she has been formally identified.

They said: “It may be some time until that happens but please keep an eye on our website for any updates.”

Meanwhile, a 28-year-old man from Wallingford has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

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Neighbours opposite the block of flats where the Mrs Hurmuz-Irimia was found said they are “completely devastated that something like this has happened”.

“It’s shocking this has happened in Wallingford,” they said. “It’s just so sad.”

Mayor Marcus Harris added that his thoughts are with the family and friends of Mrs Hurmuz-Irimia.


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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford, Wantage and Didcot.

Get in touch with her by emailing: Gee.harland@newsquest.co.uk

Follow her on Twitter @Geeharland

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