Police arriving at the home of a retired British school teacher to tell her that her husband was critically injured in a car crash instead stumbled on a gruesome find — the woman's battered corpse stuffed among the presents under the couple's Christmas tree.

Police in West Sussex, England, say Roger Goswell, 66, rammed his car into a tree just two miles from their home, after bludgeoning his wife, Susan, 61, and crudely trying to hide her body beneath the tree, the Daily Mail newspaper reported. Roger Goswell later died at the hospital.

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Police forced their way into the home when no one answered the door despite a parked car in the driveway.

A spokesman for the West Sussex Police would not confirm the couple's name, but told the Daily Mail, “a murder inquiry has been launched.”

The newspaper interviewed Goswell’s neighbor, Eileen Rogers, who said Susan was “lovely” and “great fun.”

“I can't enjoy Christmas knowing what has happened to that poor woman,” Rogers said.