A murder probe has been launched after a woman's body was found in a house in a Welsh village, police have said.
The discovery was made at a property in Llantwit Fardre, Mid Glamorgan, on Sunday afternoon around 2.45pm.
A cordon is in place outside the address in St Anne's Drive.
Investigators have said they are not able to release the identity of the deceased and no arrests have been made at this stage, reports Wales Online.
An incident room has been set up at Cardiff Central Police Station.
Detectives want to hear from anybody in the village who may have heard or seen anything suspicious between 00:01am on Friday (19 Nov) to 2.40pm on Sunday (21 November).
A large police cordon remains in place in the area while crime scene investigators and specialist search officers work at the scene.
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Police have called for anyone who saw anything suspicious to come forward
To date nobody has been arrested as part of the investigation.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Darren George, said: “This incident has understandably caused significant concern locally and I would like to reassure the community that we have a large team of officers who are working hard to identify who was responsible for this murder
“We have officers at the scene and officers carrying out door to door enquiries across the village. An incident room has also been set up at Cardiff Central Police Station.
“My appeal is for anybody who thinks they may have information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to contact us – what they tell us could be extremely valuable to the investigation
A cordon remains in place outside the address
“I would also like to remind people about the upset that rumour and speculation can cause and am asking people to refrain from fuelling this online and wait for police updates which will be released as and when appropriate throughout the investigation.”
Llantwit Fardre Councillor Samuel Trask said the community is in shock but also warned people from spreading rumours online.
"I am personally quite affected by the news," he said in a statement.
"The community are completely shocked. It's usually a very quiet estate. The crime rate is usually very very low- almost nothing.
"There's a lot of people asking questions. There's some really wild speculation going on on social media. It's not helpful and it needs to stop.
"If I could ask people to do anything it's to please leave the police to do their jobs and stop the speculation.
"I would again like to extend my sympathies to the family."