The family of a woman found dead in her home have paid tribute to their ‘kind-hearted, generous’ mother.
June Fox-Roberts, 65, was discovered with multiple knife injuries at her detached three-bedroomed house in the village of Llantwit Fardre, near Pontypridd, south Wales, where she lived alone.
Neighbours were in shock after police found retired company director Mrs Roberts dead at around 2.45pm on Sunday following a call from a concerned relative.
Mrs Fox-Roberts’ detached £200,000 home was cordoned off by police today and nearby woodland was being searched by officers.
South Wales Police have now arrested a man on suspicion of murder and he is in police custody.
Mrs Fox-Roberts’ family, who are being supported by trained officers, said: ‘We are in utter shock about the death of our mother. Her murder will never make sense to us.
June Fox-Roberts, 65, was found with multiple knife injuries at her detached three-bedroomed house in the village of Llantwit Fardre, near Pontypridd, south Wales, where she lived alone
Neighbours were in shock after police discovered retired company director Mrs Roberts dead at around 2.45pm on Sunday following a call from a concerned relative (pictured: The scene in Llantwit Fardre)
‘She was a kind-hearted, generous woman who was never happier than when with family and friends around her.
‘She loved her family dearly and we will never be the same. We are heartbroken.
‘Please respect our privacy and allow us to grieve and come to terms with what has happened.’
IT consultant Mrs Roberts ran several companies from her pebble-dashed house in the village.
A former client said: ‘It’s a shock, she was a nice person and quite successful in business.
‘She had been through a dramatic and messy divorce some years ago but she was a devoted mother and grandmother.’
Her husband Martin had left her and later died after riding his bike off a cliff in Cornwall, it is understood.
An inquest recorded a suicide verdict after hearing he had told people he wanted to ‘fly away’.
Locals said the couple had three grown up children – Sebastian, Abigail and Tristan – who have all been involved in the family IT business.
The grandmother had lived in the property for more than 40 years and was well liked and respected in the community
Police said the killing had ‘shocked’ everyone in the village and patrols have been increased to reassure the public (pictured: Forensics at the scene)
The grandmother had lived in the property for more than 40 years and was well liked and respected in the community.
Neighbour Mike Robinson, 73, said: ‘My daughter was in school with one of her children – she was a quiet lady, we hardly ever saw her.
‘She was friendly but she’s had a difficult life over the years.’
Police said the killing had ‘shocked’ everyone in the village and patrols have been increased to reassure the public.
Detective Superintendent Darren George, said: ‘My thoughts are with June’s family at this awful time – we have specially trained officers who are supporting them.
‘Today’s arrest is a significant development but I stress this is an ongoing investigation and anybody with information who has not yet come forward is urged to do so, no matter how insignificant the information may seem.
‘This murder has understandably shocked everybody in the village and surrounding areas.
‘Our visibility in the village has been increased and I hope the community is reassured by that.’