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Man found dead after family murders

Published 14/05/2015

Police outside a flat in Chadwell Heath where the bodies of a mother and her two daughters were found
Police outside a flat in Chadwell Heath where the bodies of a mother and her two daughters were found

Police were today continuing to investigate an apparent murder-suicide after a man was found hanged and the bodies of his two teenage daughters and their mother were discovered at a nearby property.

Officers went to a house in Grove Road in Chadwell Heath, east London, on Tuesday afternoon and found the bodies of 37-year-old social worker Shigi Rethishkumar and her twin daughters Niya and Neha, aged 13.

Their father, Rethishkumar Pullarkattil, 44, who was missing from the address, was found dead at Woodford Reservoir in Walthamstow, north east London, yesterday morning.

Post-mortem examinations took place yesterday, but police said the bodies of the females had no signs of visible injuries.

Formal identification has not taken place and next of kin have not been informed.

Police first went to the property on Monday evening after concerns were raised about the welfare of the residents.

But they did not force their way in until 1.10pm the following day because there was no initial response or sign of disturbance.

The matter was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and the Met's directorate of professional standards is reviewing the police response.

The last confirmed sighting of the family - who are originally from Kerala state in India - was on Sunday, Scotland Yard said.

Detective Superintendent Kenny McDonald, who is overseeing the investigation, said: "At this stage we are awaiting the outcome of the post-mortems to confirm cause of death, which will provide further evidence of what has taken place inside the house at Grove Road.

"However, at this stage in our ongoing investigation, we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

"We are making extensive inquiries to trace next of kin, who we believe to be outside of the UK."

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