British mother-of-five Pennie Davis had moved her four horses to a picturesque riverside pasture in Hampshire only a week before her murder there, local reports suggest.
Davis, 47, had been tending to her horses in the pasture just north of the village of Beaulieu when she was stabbed to death on Tuesday afternoon.
Davis, a supermarket worker from Blackfield, about four miles from where her horses were kept, had only married her partner, Peter, in May. She was also well known by her maiden name, Pennie Lambert.
Her body was found in the pasture near Leygreen Farm, north of Beaulieu, on Tuesday afternoon.
Police say Davis had been attacked in the field by an as-yet unknown assailant, suffering multiple stab wounds.
Officers were today searching the shallow river that runs alongside the paddock as part of a wider search for the weapon.
“We believe the weapon used was a bladed item, possibly a knife, and that it would have most likely been discarded close to the scene,” Detective Superintendent Paul Barton said.
“Our officers have been working round the clock following up on a number of inquiries and I’d like to thank everyone who has contacted us with information as a result of our appeal.
“We’ve had a fantastic response, receiving more than 150 calls since yesterday.
“It’s vital we continue to hear from people who were in the area of Leygreen Farm between 2pm and 5pm on Tuesday. Did you see Pennie or her dark green coloured Toyota Land Cruiser which she drove from work in Blackfield to the field?
“Did you see or hear anyone acting suspiciously, possibly running away from the scene?”