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A woman who had been in hospital since Sunday after being attacked in her home has tragically died.
Northumbria Police's investigation has now become a murder probe after the death of Caroline Kayll, 47, following the attack which also left a teenage boy seriously injured.
Police were called at roughly 8.55pm on Sunday when a disturbance was reported at a house on Foxcover, an estate of new build homes, in the colliery village of Linton, north of Newcastle.
Authorities have been conducting a three-day search for Paul Robson, who is described as white, around 5ft5in tall, of slim build, bald and he wears glasses, in connection with the incident. He is believed to have travelled to Glasgow.
Police say the teenage boy is not related to Caroline or Mr Robson, Chronicle Live reports.
And detectives are also quizzing a 58-year-old man who has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Superintendent Paul Milner, of Northumbria Police, has appealed for help from the public but offered reassurance that the attack is being treated as an isolated incident.
He also reassured the public Mr Milner isn't a "danger to the wider public" but said enquiries to locate Paul have be unsuccessful and the force is still trying to locate him.
In a statement, Mr Milner said: "This has been a complex investigation that has seen officers carrying out enquiries across the region this week.
"We know that it has caused a great deal of concern, particularly the fact that a suspect in this case has not yet been arrested.
"I want to reassure you that this is being treated as an isolated incident and there is no information that suggests Paul Robson is a danger to the wider public.
"Extensive enquiries to locate Paul have continued in recent days and we are now appealing for help from the public to locate him.
"We would stress that this is a live murder investigation and an incredibly difficult time for Caroline’s family and the teenage boy injured in the attack.
"We would urge people not to speculate on any of the circumstances as it could hinder our investigation.
"Anyone who has information that could assist our investigation, or knows the location of the suspect, is asked to get in touch immediately."
Anyone who believes they may be able to assist police is asked to report online at the Northumbria Police website quoting log 421 19/11/20.
You can also call police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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