Couple’s decomposed bodies are found lying in bed together in pretty hamlet as police probe suicide pact theory
The decomposed bodies of a couple have been found lying in bed next to each other in a pretty hamlet as police probe a suicide pact theory.
Retired Claudia Forbes, 62, and her husband Andrew were found on December 7 at an exclusive property she has rented by an isolated farm at picturesque Bishopstrow near Warminster, Wiltshire.
It is not known how long they had been lying in bed and Wiltshire Police have refused to say if their deaths are being treated as suspicious.
And police haven’t confirmed how either of them died.
Retired Claudia Forbes, 62, and her husband Andrew were found on December 7 at an exclusive property she has rented by an isolated farm at picturesque Bishopstrow (pictured) near Warminster, Wiltshire
Mr Forbes was thought to have been very ill but his wife had been healthy.
Yesterday Mike Perry – Chair of Bishopstrow Parish Meeting where only just over 120 people live – said: ‘It is shocking. We do not get things like this occurring within our village.
‘Obviously this is very unusual. It is strange these people have been there for that amount of time and nobody in our village seems to know them. It is a tragic event.’
They were found by police after concerns had been raised for her welfare by landlord and farmer Alexander Walker.
He said: ‘It was quite a shock.’
The property is understood to meander just a few yards from the boundary with Warminster.
It is not known how long they had been lying in bed and Wiltshire Police have refused to say if their deaths are being treated as suspicious. Pictured: Bishopstrow
An inquest at Salisbury, Wiltshire, was told on December 7 police were called to the property at Bishopstrow by the landlord Alexander Walker over concerns for the welfare of Claudia Forbes.
She was found lying dead in bed with her husband and they were both decomposed.
A post mortem failed to find a cause of death and toxicology and histology tests were ordered.
There was no evidence of third-party involvement.
The inquest was opened because there was evidence her death may be unnatural. She was identified by Mr Walker.
The inquest was adjourned to a date to be fixed and the coroner has launched an Investigation into her husband’s death.
A decision whether to hold an inquest will depend on the cause of his death.
An inquest will only be held if his death is unnatural.