A horrified family found a man naked and bleeding in their shower room before police came in to arrest him on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead in the National Trust forest.
The body of the woman, who was over 60 years old, was discovered just before 6 p.m. on Friday evening on the Watlington Estate in Oxfordshire.
Thames Valley Police then said they had arrested a seriously injured man on suspicion of murder.
Police were pictured on Saturday where the woman was found dead and also in a nearby house on Hollandridge Lane where the man was believed to have been arrested.
A woman next door, Sue Yerbergh, 58, said the property owners told her a man had broken into her home before they found him "naked and bleeding" in her shower room.
She said a man was earlier seen running through nearby woods towards her and her neighbor's property.
A woman's body was discovered at the National Trust estate in Watlington Hill and a man arrested on suspicion of murder is being treated for serious injuries, police said. Pictured: Police on site on Saturday
The Thames Valley Police found the body just before 6 p.m. on Friday in the woods on the Watlington Hill property and linked the death to reports of a man who acted suspiciously near a pub a few hours earlier
Police previously said they are appealing to anyone who, around 3:30 p.m., saw a man behaving strangely near the Fox and Hounds pub, just a short walk from the house where the man was found to contact.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Watlington Hill area around 5:50 p.m. was also asked to contact the police.
Ms. Yerburgh, 58, a retired gardener, told MailOnline, “I heard someone crash through the undergrowth, which is very unusual here. My dog started barking.
It was about 5:30 pm.
“He came into the house next door. They were in their swimming pool and found him naked and bleeding in the shower room.
"He was there two hours before they knew it."
The police also entered a house near the forest where the woman was found
Police said a man was seen suspiciously around 3:30 p.m. near the Fox and Hounds pub, a short walk from where the woman was found dead
She said the family was ordered by police to leave their home after the man was arrested.
Forensic experts were pictured entering the property on Saturday.
Ms. Yerburgh said she learned that the man walked through nearby woods to her neighbor's house.
Another woman who refused to be named said, “I saw him jump on another woman's car, then he ran to the curb and tried to get into my car.
"He ran away and I went to help the woman whose car he jumped on because I thought she was a potential victim."
Chief Investigator, Detective Superintendent Craig Kirby of the Major Crime Unit, said last night, “We opened a murder investigation tonight after we discovered the body of a woman in the woods tonight.
“My thoughts remain with the deceased woman's family at an extremely stressful time.
"We are conducting a thorough investigation to find out what led to this woman's death."
The officers found a man on suspicion of murder and arrested him. He is currently being treated in hospital for serious injuries.
& # 39; We're asking for public help with our investigation and asking anyone with information to come forward.
“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Watlington Hill area before or around 5:50 pm.
Chief Investigator, Detective Superintendent Craig Kirby of the Major Crime Unit, said last night, “We opened a homicide investigation tonight after we found a woman in the woods tonight. Image: Forensic investigators at the crime scene
Anyone who sees anything suspicious in the Watlington Hill area around 5:50 p.m. is asked to contact the police
"At this point in time, we are also tentatively linking this incident to reports of a man behaving suspiciously near the Fox and Hounds public house in the Christmas Common area of Watlington around 3:30 pm.
As such, we also ask anyone who has seen a man acting suspiciously in this area or who believes they have information that they believe may aid us in our investigation to contact us put.
The arrested man will remain in the hospital where he will be treated and anyone with information will be asked to anonymously call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
The Watlington Hill property was donated to the National Trust in the mid-20th century and is popular with walkers and tourists.
A map shows the Fox and Hounds pub and the Watlington Hill estate where the woman's body was found