The death of a woman while out walking her dog has led to the arrest of a man on murder charges. The deceased was a 54-year-old woman.
Claire Knights, a sculptor, was reported missing on August 23 by her family in Upstreet, a suburb of Canterbury. Her body was located on August 25th, just two days later.
The mother of one was likely walking a popular footpath from her parked car on Shuart Lane in St. Nicholas At Wade to where she was staying in Minnis Bay, about two miles away.
One day after Ms. Knights’ body was discovered, police arrested a man on suspicion of murder. Later that day, he was formally charged with her killing. The suspect is a young adult, age 20. He is being mentally evaluated.
Harrison Lawrence-van Poos was additionally charged with voyeurism after a second investigation into images of an individual’s “upskirt” taken on August 22nd.
The twenty-year-old Margate resident is scheduled to be in the Medway Magistrates’ Court via video connection today.
Her friends and neighbors first reported Ms. Knights’ disappearance in the Upstreet neighborhood of Kent on August 23.
The spaniel and its owner, a 54-year-old woman from Kent, were found in Minnis Bay on the same day the woman’s silver Suzuki was recovered near Shuart Lane, St. Nicholas At Wade.
It is presumed that she and her dog, Zebulon, made the journey on foot to the Minnis Bay area of Birchington. Later that day, she was reportedly seen in the region by witnesses.
Officers later confirmed that they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the man’s death, and medical professionals are evaluating him.
A gallery owner where the artist’s sculpture is featured plans to fill the shop with her work as a memorial and a tribute to the slain artist.