Police have launched an international manhunt for 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 took place last night to establish the cause.
Detectives want to speak to lodger Barry Morrow (51), who lived with divorced Mrs Holgate in the smart semi on Fairhaven Road, Churchtown.
It is thought he may have travelled to either France or Spain.
Mrs Huyton was last seen on Friday evening when she left her home in Southport to visit her daughter.
Ms Holgate, the mother of two adult daughters, had been ill and had not been seen out of the house for the previous week.
A relative went to the property on Saturday when nothing was heard from the women and the bodies were found.
Police were called to the scene at around 5.45pm.
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 the deaths and 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.
Ms Holgate's house remains sealed off as police carry out forensic examinations of the scene.