“They’d had a lifetime of bad luck over a very short period”: Retired couple plagued by string of family tragedies found dead in suspected murder-suicide — (The Daily Mirror)

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The Daily Mirror

Jul 07, 2012 11:16

By Agency staff

The bodies of Bob Seddon, 68, and wife Patricia, 65, were discovered at their semi-detached home in Sale, Greater Manchester, yesterday afternoon after a worried relative raised the alarm

A retired couple plagued by a string of family tragedies have been found dead at their home in a suspected murder-suicide.

The bodies of Bob Seddon, 68, and wife Patricia, 65, were discovered at their semi-detached home in Sale, Greater Manchester, yesterday afternoon after a worried relative raised the alarm.

Police are investigating whether Mr Seddon gunned down his wife before taking his own life, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Mrs Seddon is understood to have suffered gunshot wounds but it is not yet clear how Mr Seddon died.

The couple are believed to have suffered a series of personal tragedies over the last few years.

In March, Mrs Seddon nearly died when their car plunged into a canal and sank.

The couple were travelling in a hired BMW with son Nic when it crashed into the Bridgewater Canal in Timperley, Altrincham.

Mrs Seddon’s heart stopped as Nic and firefighters rescued her, Mr Seddon and grandson Daniel, 16, from the submerged car.

Mrs Seddon survived after being resuscitated at the scene.

As forensic officers combed through the three-bedroom home, friends paid tribute to the couple, who were married for 46 years.

The Seddons, who lived in the quiet suburban street for more than 20 years, were described as “kind” and “lovely”.

Next-door neighbour Duncan Statham, 53, said: “They were fantastic people, they’d lived here for years and were always so kind with my kids and other kids on the street.

“It’s a massive shock. They were such an ordinary, down-to-earth couple and you could never see them being involved in something like this.

“My heart just goes out to their family – we know them well and they are such a nice, unassuming family and I’ve no idea what they must be going through.”

It is understood that police discovered the bodies after forcing entry to their home at around 4.30pm yesterday after receiving a call from a concerned relative.

It is believed Mrs Seddon had recently been experiencing failing health after suffering a brain haemorrhage last year and required around-the-clock care from her husband.

Mr Seddon, a retired airport worker, suffered a heart attack shortly before that and is believed to have recently been put on a course of anti-depressants.

Four years ago, the couple’s 40-year-old daughter Lesley died in their family home after suffering an epileptic fit.

Friend and neighbour Carol McDermott, 51, said: “They’d had a fair amount of bad luck in recent years and I know Bob had been feeling down.

“They’d had a lifetime of bad luck over a very short period. It’s all come as a complete shock.

“They were just lovely, mild-mannered people – you couldn’t have asked for nicer neighbours.

“They’ve always been here and everyone knew them on the street but now suddenly this has happened.”

A police spokesman said inquiries were continuing.