The police watchdog is to investigate the death of a pensioner whose body was found by officers more than six hours after a silent 999 call was made from her home.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is independently investigating the actions of Warwickshire Police after the death of 60-year-old Anne Traynor last month.
In a short statement, the IPCC said Warwickshire Police received a silent 999 call from the woman’s home in Norman Road, Rugby, at about 8.50am on May 12.
The IPCC statement added: “The police control room made a number of unsuccessful attempts to contact the caller by phone but the line was constantly engaged.
“Warwickshire Police did not dispatch anyone to the address until 3.25pm the same afternoon. At this time an officer discovered the body of resident Anne Traynor.”
Warwickshire Police, which is not treating the death as suspicious, referred the matter to the IPCC and IPCC Commissioner John Crawley determined that an independent investigation should be undertaken.
Mr Crawley said: “Our investigation is examining the way Warwickshire Police dealt with the initial call, and why resources were not deployed much earlier when no response was obtained to repeated calls to the number.”