Lodger hunted after women's deaths
Police are hunting a lodger after his landlady and her mother were found dead.
Avon Lady Angela Holgate, 54, and 75-year-old Alice Huyton were found by a relative at Mrs Holgate's home near Southport on Saturday evening.
Officers are treating the deaths as suspicious and post-mortem examinations were taking place tonight to establish the cause.
Detectives want to speak to lodger Barry Morrow, 51, who lived with divorced Mrs Holgate in the smart semi-detached home on Fairhaven Road, Churchtown. It is thought he may have travelled to France or Spain.
Mrs Huyton was last seen on Friday evening when she left her home in Southport to visit her daughter. Mrs Holgate, the mother of two adult daughters, had been ill and had not been seen out of the house for the previous week.
Mrs Huyton was married and her husband, thought to be in his 80s, was said to be "devastated" at news of the deaths.
Chief Superintendent Nikki Holland, area commander for Sefton, said: "We are investigating the tragic deaths of these two women and our sympathy goes to their families. Detectives are investigating the circumstances around these deaths and are trying to piece together the women's last movements.
"We are appealing to anyone with any information that may help us with this investigation to come forward as soon as possible. In particular we are keen to trace Mr Morrow, who lived at the house for a period of time and who we believe may have vital information for this investigation."
Mr Morrow is described as white, 5ft 7in, of medium to stocky build with straight, short brown hair that is receding and blue eyes. Mrs Holgate's white Citroen car with the registration PN11 RWK is also missing.
Stunned neighbours described Ms Holgate as a "lovely, quiet woman".