Newbury: Unexplained Death Update

27 November 2012, 07:18

Thames Valley Police say the deaths of an elderly couple in Newbury may have been a tragic accident.

It's after the body of an 89-year-old woman was found at a property in Berkeley Road on Sunday (25/11) along with a 94-year-old man who had injuries to his head, ribs and shoulder.

He was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford but passed away.

Thames Valley Police say the preliminary findings of the post mortem seem to show the lady may have suffered a medical episode and she has some bruising consistent with a fall. There are no defensive or assaultive injuries.

The preliminary findings from the post mortem on the man seem to indicate injuries consistent with a heavy fall together with internal complications arising from him having been lying down for many hours. Again there were no defensive or assaultive injuries.

The final results of these post mortems will depend on toxicological analysis and the Forensic Pathologist will produce a full report in due course.

Detective Chief Inspector Gill Wootton said: "While the preliminary findings of the post mortems into these two deaths appear to indicate a tragic incident, we are continuing our detailed forensic investigation at the scene and investigative enquiries in the area.

"We are acting on behalf of the family and the coroner to fully determine the circumstances around these deaths and also to preclude any third party involvement.

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