Dead Brighton woman was looking for love online

The Argus: Murder victim Debbie Levey Murder victim Debbie Levey

A woman found dead in her home was a prolific Facebook user who looked for love online.

Now Sussex Police are investigating mother-of-one Debbie Levey’s use of online dating websites.

However, a spokeswoman for the force said a 45-year-old man arrested on suspicion of her murder and bailed yesterday was not someone she had met on the internet.

The body of the care home manager and Brighton and Hove Albion fan was discovered on Monday at 8am at her home in Cherry Tree Cottage, East Ashling, near Chichester.

Just days before her death, Ms Levey, who grew up in Brighton, said on Facebook: “My strength did not come from lifting weights. My strength came from lifting myself up when I was down.”

Police are appealing for any information about her whereabouts between 12.30pm on Sunday and Monday morning to come forward.

A post-mortem has failed to reveal how Ms Levey, who had a 16-year-old daughter Jade, died.

Yesterday (January 30) people continued to pay tribute to her.

A Sussex Police spokeswoman said: “We will look into the question of her use of dating sites as part of our enquiry. She did not meet the man we arrested via a dating site.”

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Pollard said: “We would also like to hear from anyone who was in the East Ashling area on Sunday afternoon or evening and who saw a blue Vauxhall Vectra parked in a small lay-by just across the road from Cherry Tree Cottage.

“If you can help, please call us on 101 quoting Operation Dive.”

The Selsey man arrested on suspicion of her murder has been bailed until February 21 while police carry out further tests on Ms Levey’s body.

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10:12am Thu 31 Jan 13

censored says...

If the man under suspicion wasn't someone she met online, why is it necessary to pry into her private life like this? Who cares if she was trying to find love by doing what millions of other people do.

The subtext here is clear: she was meeting lots of strangers, which is clearly dangerous and a bit seedy.

Very, very unpleasant article.
If the man under suspicion wasn't someone she met online, why is it necessary to pry into her private life like this? Who cares if she was trying to find love by doing what millions of other people do. The subtext here is clear: she was meeting lots of strangers, which is clearly dangerous and a bit seedy. Very, very unpleasant article. censored

10:34am Thu 31 Jan 13

Crystal Ball says...

censored wrote:
If the man under suspicion wasn't someone she met online, why is it necessary to pry into her private life like this? Who cares if she was trying to find love by doing what millions of other people do.

The subtext here is clear: she was meeting lots of strangers, which is clearly dangerous and a bit seedy.

Very, very unpleasant article.
Agreed. There are some none-too-subtle inferences here.

The lady could have met the culprit at any number of places so, as always, the result is what should be in question, not the methodology.
[quote][p][bold]censored[/bold] wrote: If the man under suspicion wasn't someone she met online, why is it necessary to pry into her private life like this? Who cares if she was trying to find love by doing what millions of other people do. The subtext here is clear: she was meeting lots of strangers, which is clearly dangerous and a bit seedy. Very, very unpleasant article.[/p][/quote]Agreed. There are some none-too-subtle inferences here. The lady could have met the culprit at any number of places so, as always, the result is what should be in question, not the methodology. Crystal Ball

11:14am Thu 31 Jan 13

leobrighton says...

Perhaps the Argus could tell us the reading habits of people who are the subject of their stories. Then we can judge their character. If they read the Argus we can assume the're only interested in gossip and tittle-tattle and have something wrong with them.
Perhaps the Argus could tell us the reading habits of people who are the subject of their stories. Then we can judge their character. If they read the Argus we can assume the're only interested in gossip and tittle-tattle and have something wrong with them. leobrighton

11:31am Thu 31 Jan 13

tooned_in says...

Awful story really upsetting more throughts are with the child she leaves behind may your mother rest peacefully & although words will not ease your pain heres hoping that time heals your hurt.
Awful story really upsetting more throughts are with the child she leaves behind may your mother rest peacefully & although words will not ease your pain heres hoping that time heals your hurt. tooned_in

12:40pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Cave Johnson says...

Grubby Argus, very very grubby. Since your 'reporters' trawl Facebook and Twitter all day long maybe we can have a look at their private lives too?
Grubby Argus, very very grubby. Since your 'reporters' trawl Facebook and Twitter all day long maybe we can have a look at their private lives too? Cave Johnson

1:49pm Thu 31 Jan 13

We're up here says...

Read this article with growing disgust. Shame on you Argus! I wholeheartedly echo the above comments. I met my future husband through The Guardian Soulmates section and we've been married for ten years, and, shock horror, I also use Facebook. This poor woman is dead, so stop with the seedy innuendos.
Read this article with growing disgust. Shame on you Argus! I wholeheartedly echo the above comments. I met my future husband through The Guardian Soulmates section and we've been married for ten years, and, shock horror, I also use Facebook. This poor woman is dead, so stop with the seedy innuendos. We're up here

2:49pm Thu 31 Jan 13

qm says...

I note the above article is not attributed to anyone. Whoever wrote it should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves for writing such tripe about someone unknown to them, just based on sensationalist assumptive hyperbole! From previous reports, Debbie was a much respected and cared for person both at work and privately! Please accord her with a modicum of respect!!!
I note the above article is not attributed to anyone. Whoever wrote it should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves for writing such tripe about someone unknown to them, just based on sensationalist assumptive hyperbole! From previous reports, Debbie was a much respected and cared for person both at work and privately! Please accord her with a modicum of respect!!! qm

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