Residents in Sunderland street speak of shock after body of woman is found in back lane

Carley Road back lane
Carley Road back lane

Residents in a Sunderland street have spoken of their shock after the body of a woman was found in a back lane.

The body of the woman - named locally as Melissa Snaith, also known as Melissa Black, and said to be in her 40s - was discovered in the back lane of Carley Road, in Southwick on shortly before 9am on Sunday.

Carley Road

Carley Road

Police and paramedics had been called to the scene after being alerted to concern for a woman.

She was then pronounced dead at the scene.

Body of woman found in back lane of Sunderland street
The woman is believed to have lived in a house near to where she was discovered.

A 32-year-old mum-of-four, who lives in Carley Road but did not want to be named, told the Echo: “The woman’s body was covered up but you could still see her shoes.

“The woman’s body was covered up but you could still see her shoes.”

Carley Road resident

“There were a lot kids about at the time so we didn’t want them seeing anything.

“I don’t think a lot of people knew what had happened until the police got here to sort things out.

“There were rumours all over Facebook.”

A man who also lives in Carley Road, but did also not want to be named, said: “I got a phone call from my mam about it.

“You wouldn’t say it’s a quiet area around here, but there aren’t many deaths like this.

A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 8.51am and dispatched one ambulance to verify death at the scene.

“Because this was in a public place, the body was taken to a mortuary.”