Police say they have received ‘significant information’ from a member of public leading them start a murder inquiry.
Initially it was believed that Linda Rainey, 60, had died as a result of falling down a flight of stairs at a home in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
She was discovered at the house in South Market Road at 11.40pm on August 5 and died two days later at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.
Police received a tip-off on Saturday and after further inquiries the became suspicious.
Rosalind Gray, 55, also from the town was charged yesterday with murder and conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
Adrian Lawrence, 53, from the same street as Linda, has been charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
Both suspects are due to appear before Norwich Magistrates’ Court today.
Officers had received ‘significant information’ about the incident from a member of the public on August 10 and following further inquiries said they were treating the death of Ms Rainey as suspicious.
Neighbours said Ms Rainey had moved in and out of the address several times over the last five years and had not been seen there for several months.
Ann Moughton, 76, who lives nearby said: ‘It is a huge shock to hear that she died. She was a pleasant woman who was happy-go-lucky and bubbly.
‘She had a King Charles Cavalier spaniel which she used to walk around and she always seemed very happy.’
June Lawrence, 73, said: ‘I loved her. She was rough and ready, but she would not hurt anybody. We got on really well. What a damn shame.
‘She came to the street about four or five years ago with her daughter. Then she moved out a couple of times and left her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend here, but she kept coming back.
‘She use to talk to me about her problems. She was once quite big and had lost a lot of weight. What happened is really sad.’
One local resident who asked not to be named said: ‘She used to enjoy a night out. Sometimes she would lock herself out and would borrow a ladder to get in.
‘I only thought of her this week because I had not seen her around for a while.
‘The last time I saw her was about four-months-ago. She told me she had just moved to a new flat. She said, ‘I am doing alright’.
‘She was quite a jolly person. Her hair was a different colour most weeks, but she always looked nice and attractive.’
Another neighbour said: ‘She was devoted to her grandchildren. I used to see her picking up her grandson from his primary school.’
A Home Office post-mortem examination on Monday found she died of a serious head injury.
Ms Rainey’s family said in a tribute issued through police: ‘Linda (Lin) was the much loved mother of five children and grandmother to four grandchildren whom she adored.
‘She was also a popular member of the community. Her death has come as a huge shock for us.’