Woman arrested over 'unexplained' death of Tunstall man William Frost
THE family of a 46-year-old man who died after being found collapsed in the street are appealing for help to piece together their loved-one's last movements.
Police have arrested a 42-year-old woman on suspicion of manslaughter following the 'unexplained' death of William Frost.
They have bailed the woman after an initial post-mortem examination failed to determine how Mr Frost died.
Now further tests are being carried out on the body.
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But his family are desperate to find out where Mr Frost had been in the hours before he was found slumped against a telegraph pole in Westbourne Drive, Tunstall.
Medics tried to resuscitate him but he was declared dead at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
Sister Linda Cliff, aged 42, who lives across the road from where her brother was found, said: "The police told us the post-mortem examination was inconclusive, so we are just waiting. We don't know what happened.
"It's devastating. We can't make any funeral arrangements. We are just in limbo."
Former painter and decorator Mr Frost, who lived in Bond Street, Tunstall, and has nine brothers and sisters living in Stoke-on-Trent, had been to the town's Talisman pub, in Furlong Road, on the evening of February 3. He died later that night.
Linda added: "We think he left there at about 9pm. His nephew spoke to him at about 9.30pm and he said he was at home in bed. We think he went home then went out again but we don't know why he was in Westbourne Drive.
"We don't know if he knew the person who was arrested.
"The police say they can't tell us anything until all the tests have been done.
"He was a happy-go-lucky person. He came round to see our mum every day without fail.
"He had lots of nieces and nephews and he was great with them."
Mr Frost's mother Brenda, aged 69, and his sister Tracy Sharman live next door to each other in Westbourne Drive and saw police activity in the street before discovering that William was involved.
Tracy, aged 38, said: "I saw the cordon – the police had let me through it but I didn't know what had happened. Then the police knocked on the door. We don't know what has happened. If anyone saw him that night we would ask them to come forward and speak to the police."
Police have bailed the 42-year-old, who has not been named but lives in Westbourne Drive, until next month.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "An investigation into Mr Frost's death is underway and officers are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry.
"The death is being treated as unexplained and a Home Office post-mortem examination did not establish a cause of death. Further tests will now be carried out."
Anyone who saw Mr Frost on the night of his death should call police on 101.
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