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Police have named a married couple found dead in a flat on the Isle of Wight.
The bodies of Barry Harrison, aged 47, of Regal Court, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, and Amanda Harrison, aged 34, of the same address, were formally identified by a close family friend this afternoon (Wednesday, August 11, 2010).
Next-of-kin and the Isle of Wight Coroner have been informed.
Barry and Amanda’s relatives are releasing the following statements through Hampshire Constabulary Family Liaison Officers who are providing support and advice throughout the investigation.
Barry’s eldest son, Lee Harrison, aged 19 from Coventry, Warwickshire, said: “My dad was one of the nicest men you could ever meet, a devoted family man, His family meant everything to him, and he meant everything to his family. His death is a massive and devastating loss to everyone that knew and loved him. Our main concern at this moment in time is the welfare of my brothers, and our thoughts go out to everyone affected at this difficult time. Furthermore the privacy of the family would be greatly appreciated.”
Amanda Harrison’s mother Lynda, sisters Tracy and Paula, and brother Karl said: “The family are deeply shocked and devastated at the death of Amanda. She was a loving hard working and devoted mother to her children. We need time to come to terms with our loss and would request privacy at this time of great sadness.”
Post-mortem examinations on the bodies of Mr and Mrs Harrison were completed by a Home Office pathologist at St. Mary Hospital, Newport, Isle of Wight last night (Tuesday, August 10, 2010).
The inquests are likely to be opened and adjourned at Newport Coroner's Court on the Isle of Wight on Friday (August 13, 2010) when the preliminary results of the post-mortem examinations will be announced.
Detectives continue to treat Amanda Harrison's death as suspicious. Barry Harrison’s death is not being treated as suspicious by police. Whilst retaining an open mind, police are not looking for anyone else suspected of being directly responsible for the deaths.
Barry and Amanda’s two young sons were inside the flat when their parents’ bodies were found. Both boys were unharmed and continue to stay at a family friend’s home where they are safe and well.
Detectives from Hampshire Constabulary’s Major Crime Department and Isle of Wight CID are continuing to investigate the deaths.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Ben Snuggs said: “The focus of our enquiries is on building an accurate picture of Amanda and Barry's lives. This will help us to better understand what has led to these tragic events.
“The investigation team would like to thank family and friends for their co-operation at such a difficult and upsetting time in their personal lives.
“I also appreciate the support of people across the country and the local community who have contacted the police with information.”