POLICE investigating the suspicious death of Paula Newman in New Addington have said there are new clues into what happened hours before she was taken to hospital. The 20-year-old from Beckenham was rushed to Croydon University Hospital at 8am last Tuesday after ambulances were called to reports of her having a heart attack. A 33 year old man, thought to be the woman's boyfriend, was arrested shortly after but bailed on Friday until mid-January pending further investigation. Last week, police discovered Paula fell from a black BMW 325 on Monday night between 8.45pm and 11.30pm somewhere in New Addington. They believe the 33-year-old man arrested on Tuesday morning was driving the car when the woman fell out and sustained fatal head injuries. Detective Chief Inspector Diane Tudway, leading the investigation from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, told the Advertiser today: "We are now interested in what was going on in Elmside in New Addington in the early hours of Tuesday morning. "We think Paula and a man were in that area then and have been asking people if they saw anything suspicious during that time." DCI Tudway said whether the car was moving or stationary when Paula fell out was the "million dollar question". It is thought Paula and the man travelled in the car to Elmside after the incident where they remained in the early hours of Tuesday morning. They then went to Dunsfold Way, a five minute drive away, before 8am when ambulances were called to take Paula to hospital. A postmortem on Wednesday revealed the woman died of head injuries rather than a heart attack as originally thought. DCI Tudway said: "I believe this lady died as a result of the injuries sustained from falling from the car." Police believe there was at least one other person in the car as well as Paula and the driver. "The local community have been really helpful in coming forward and speaking to us but we still need anyone who has heard anything or saw anything at the time to get in touch," DCI Tudway said. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives on 020 8721 4005 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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