Couple in their eighties found dead in their Warwickshire home with ‘no signs of suspicious behaviour’ may have died in murder-suicide as they struggled with second lockdown, police say
- Police were called to the property in Bucks Hill, Nuneaton, at 3.49pm on Sunday
- Bodies were recovered by emergency services and an investigation launched
- Fire crews were called but found no signs of carbon monoxide poisoning
- Couple may have been victims of suicide pact as they struggled with lockdown
An elderly couple in their 80s has been found dead in a house in Warwickshire with ‘no obvious signs of suspicious behaviour’ but may have died in a murder-suicide as they struggled with second lockdown, police say.
Police were called to the property in Bucks Hill, Nuneaton, at 3.49pm on Sunday, after a concerned family member failed to contact them.
The couple’s bodies were recovered by emergency services and an investigation has been launched.
Mystery surrounds the deaths of the pensioners and while police don’t suspect foul play, they are considering the possibility that the elderly couple took their own lives either in ‘a murder-suicide or double suicide pact.’
Police were called to the property in Bucks Hill, Nuneaton, at 3.49pm on Sunday. Pictured: A police car remains on the scene today
A spokesperson for Warwickshire Police told MailOnline: ‘At this stage we cannot rule anything out.
‘Whilst there are no obvious signs of suspicious behaviour and there is a very slim chance it was foul play, we cannot rule out the fact is may have been a double suicide or murder-suicide or simply a tragic accident.
‘The Covid-19 pandemic has been playing with people’s minds.’
Detective Inspector Carl Buckley, from Nuneaton’s serious and complex crime team, said: ‘This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family of the couple.
‘At this time there are no obvious signs of any suspicious behaviour, however we are keeping an open mind.
‘A post-mortem is planned and this should help give us a better picture of what happened.
The couple’s bodies were recovered by emergency services and and police are considering the possibility of a ‘double suicide pact’ (stock picture)
‘There will be a high police presence in the area today as we work to piece together what has happened.
‘I’d urge anyone who saw the couple in the last few days or has any information that could help us to get in touch.’
Fire crews were called to the scene and a Warwickshire Police spokesperson said there were no signs of carbon monoxide poisoning from a possible gas leak at the property but they will be carrying out further enquiries, according to CoventryLive.
A police car remains at the scene today.
The results of a post mortem to establish how the couple’s died is expected later this week.