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Bodies linked to man dead in France

The bodies of a woman and her teenage daughter have been discovered at their million-pound home in Surrey - a day after the girl's father was found dead in France.

Lisa Anthony, 47, and 14-year-old Ava Anthony were discovered by police in Esher yesterday morning after concerns were raised about their welfare.

Surrey Police said it was linking the deaths to the discovery of a man's body in the south of France on Sunday.

The 50-year-old is understood to be Mrs Anthony's husband and Ava's father, who lived with them.

Named in reports as Jonathan Anthony, he was found in Aix en Provence near Marseilles and police are treating his death as "unexplained".

Surrey Police said it was working with the French Gendarmerie but it was not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Preston, the senior investigating officer, said: "This is a tragic incident where lives have been lost and our thoughts are with their family and friends at this time.

"We are in the very early stages of the investigation but we do not believe there to be any threat to the wider community and I would like to reassure the public that this is thought to be an isolated incident. We are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths."

The bodies of Ava and Lisa were discovered after officers were called at 10am yesterday to their home in Simmons Gate in Esher - a gated community where homes are valued from £1 million to £2 million.

A police car was parked outside the two storey house today, which is behind a large gate blocking entry into the road.

A young girl arrived with a man and woman by car to pay tribute to Ava and Lisa. The male well-wsher left two sunflowers and a Mickey Mouse teddy with a heartfelt note.

Addressed to Ava and Lisa, it read: "Thank you so much for all the fun and joy that you have brought to our lives.

"We love you so much and will miss you forever."

A number of the family's neighbours drove past reporters gathered outside but declined to speak.

Guildford High School, where Ava is believed to have been a pupil, declined to comment today after it was reported that staff there raised the alarm.

Ava previously studied at prestigious pre-preparatory school Claremont Fan Court School, which costs around £10,000-a-year to attend, but left seven years ago, a spokeswoman for the school said.

Surrey Police said formal identification had not taken place but they believe the bodies are that of Ms Anthony and her daughter Ava. The deaths have been reported to the Surrey Coroner.

Police confirmed the last sighting of Mrs Anthony and her daughter was nearly two weeks ago.

Officers today referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) after someone known to Mrs Anthony called police concerned for her welfare on June 24.

Mr Preston said: "The last confirmed sighting we have of Lisa and Ava is Wednesday 17 June, and I would appeal to anyone who has seen or heard from either of them after this date to contact officers with information."

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