Detectives said they did not believe the deaths were linked and were not hunting a serial killer. A senior officer said: “These investigations are being treated in isolation and there is no link between any of the tragic incidents we have seen over the last two months.”
I’d like to reassure everyone that thorough and extensive investigations are taking place
The alleged murders are equivalent to almost a quarter of the 23 homicides across South Yorkshire last year, despite Doncaster being a town of just over 100,000 people.
Doncaster District Commander Chief Superintendent Shaun Morley said: “I understand that it is upsetting and concerning for people living in Doncaster, and the wider public, to read reports of such tragic deaths.
“I’d like to reassure everyone that thorough and extensive investigations are taking place by our dedicated officers.
“These investigations are being treated in isolation and there is no link between any of the tragic incidents we have seen over the last two months.
“The families of the women, who have sadly died, are all being supported by our family liaison teams.”
Police have launched a series of probes in Doncaster
Police discovered the body of Amanda Sedgwick, 49, at her home in Askern at about 11pm on May 19.
A 48-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and has since been released under investigation while the police probe continues.
Just days later, Michelle Morris, 52, suffered serious head injuries at a house in Stainforth.
Officers were called to the scene on May 24 after reports of a disturbance. Ms Morris was rushed to hospital but died from her injuries three days later.
Two men, aged 47 and 33, and a 24-year-old woman, were arrested on suspicion of murder. All three were released on bail as investigations continue.
Amy-Leanne Stringfellow, a 26-year-old mum, died after she was found injured at a house in Balby on June 5.
Her devastated family said: “Our hearts are broken and will never truly be repaired. You were beautiful and kind and inspired so many others.
“We know you will live on in your little girl. We love you all the pennies in the world.”
Builder, Terence Papworth, 45, has been charged with murder and is listed to stand trial in November.
A vigil was held in Doncaster’s Elmfield Park following the deaths of Ms Morris, Ms Sedgwick, Ms Stringfellow and the 28-year-old woman.
It was organised by Women’s Lives Matter, giving family and friends an opportunity to say goodbye.
Organiser Amy Cousens told the Doncaster Free Press: “We wanted to mark the lives of the women that have been lost, we want people to remember them and we want the perpetrators to know that we’re remembering them, but also this needs to end.
“To everyone affected by this, be angry, but act. We have to act to get our services back.
“We can’t accept that this is happening, we need proper intervention in our communities, we proper services and we need them now.”