A serving police officer killed his three-year-old son before taking his own life at their home in the Midlands, detectives believe.
The bodies of 39-year-old David Louden, an officer at West Mercia Police, and his three-year-old son Harrison were discovered dead at their home in Kidderminster, on Friday, August 13.
West Mercia Police are now treating the death of Harrison as a suspected murder and the death of David as a suspected suicide reports the Birmingham Mail.
“David Louden and his three-year-old son, Harrison, were tragically found dead at their home in Kidderminster on Friday 13 August 2021.” Assistant Chief Constable Damian Barratt said..
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“At the time the deaths were treated as unexplained and investigation was launched into the circumstances.
“Post-mortem examinations have now taken place and the investigation team, in conjunction with the coroner, are satisfied no other parties were involved.
“However, safeguarding reviews are now underway and there will be an inquest to provide an official determination, so we are unable to comment any further at this time in relation to the circumstances or the investigation.
“This is a dreadfully sad case and our thoughts are with David and Harrison’s family and friends. They have requested that they be allowed to grieve.”
Floral tributes left at the scene
The 39-year-old and his son were confirmed dead at the scene by paramedics. Police and paramedics arrived at 9.21am after being called to reports of concern about their welfare.
Neighbours said they had lived at the house for around six months and there were reports they returned home early from holiday.
Following the deaths, several bouquets of flowers were laid outside the home on Cairndhu Drive, along with an elephant toy with the message “Rest in peace, sleep well. In our thoughts and prayers.”
Another message read: “To family and friends. So sorry for your loss -we’re all thinking of you. My heart goes out to you all, it’s such a tragedy. Both lives gone too soon.”
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