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Alleged Launceston murder

Crime serious

Tasmanian detectives are seeking the extradition of a Western Australian woman who allegedly killed her elderly roommate in Launceston last month.

The body of 71-year-old Veronica Corstorphine was discovered at her house on Keane Street in South Launceston last Tuesday, but it's thought she'd been dead for weeks before a concerned friend alerted authorities.

While police are yet to confirm the exact cause of death, they say no weapon was used in the alleged murder which occured on or around October 3.

WA Police arrested the 46-year-old accused at a hotel in Bunbury last night; she returned there after spending 2 months living with the victim and they are believed to be related.

She's likely to be extradited to Tasmania early next week, pending a court appearance in Perth today.

“We treat all deaths as suspicious until we know otherwise and we have been working over the last week to establish exactly what took place - those investigations have led us to the suspicion of murder," Detective Inspector Kim Steven said.

“The significant length of time between her death and her body being discovered was obviously a complicating factor.

“While we have charged someone, we are still in the early stages of gathering evidence and interviews and so we can’t confirm publicly at this stage how she died.

“While her body had been significantly affected by the length of time it had been in place, we can say that there was no obvious sign of injury and no weapon involved”