POLICE are refusing to rule out the possibility that an 87-year-old woman was poisoned before she died.
Florence McCouig died shortly after she was admitted to Wigan infirmary on Monday and police were later called to investigate the circumstances surrounding her death.
Her partner, Roy Green, was arrested on suspicion of murder before being bailed until January 31 next year.
An initial post-mortem examination has suggested that Mrs McCouig could have died of natural causes but investigations are ongoing.
Neighbours say Mr Green had lived with the pensioner for around three years with some believing they even got married in recent months.
A police spokesperson said: “At about 6.40pm on Monday, October 31, police were called to Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan, following the death of an 87-year-old woman.
“The woman had earlier been brought into hospital after falling ill and subsequently died.
“A post-mortem examination concluded that the woman may have died of natural causes, but detectives are carrying out further inquiries.
“The 48-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been bailed until January 31, 2012 pending further inquiries.
“A police investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death is continuing.”