Crime

Search for Merseyside double murder suspect switches to London

Peter Fox- sought by Merseyside Police in connection with the murder of a mother and daughter in Bootle. Image: Merseyside Police

Peter Fox- sought by Merseyside Police in connection with the murder of a mother and daughter in Bootle. Image: Merseyside Police

Murder detectives in Merseyside investigating the double killing of a mother and daughter in Bootle believe their suspect could be in London.

The post mortem into the death of Bernadette Fox, 57 years, has concluded that she died as a result of asphyxiation.

The post mortem carried out in relation to the death of Sarah Fox, 27 years, has concluded that she died as a result of multiple stab wounds.

Their bodies were discovered at two separate addresses in Bootle on Friday.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Rooney said:

We are currently trying to trace Peter Fox, the son of Bernadette, as he could have information which could assist with our investigation. I would appeal to Peter to come forward so that we can speak to him following the murders of his mother and sister.

I would also ask the public to help us find Peter as we need to speak to him urgently in relation to the two murders.

I would stress to the public that if they do see Peter Fox, they should not approach him. We would urge anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact the police on 999.

‘DCI Rooney added: We believe that Peter could possibly be in the London area and are working with the Metropolitan Police to try and find him.’

Description of suspect

Peter Fox, 26 years, is described as a white male, between 5ft 2in and 5ft 5in tall, slight build, with short dark hair (his hair had been shaved in the photograph attached and is no longer shaved) and brown eyes. He speaks with a Liverpool accent.

Members of the public are advised not to approach Mr Fox, but if anyone does see him they should call 999 or report the sighting to their nearest police station.

Murder victims

A spokesperson for the family, said:

We are absolutely devastated following the loss of Bernadette and Sarah and are still trying to come to terms with what has happened to them both. We would urge anyone who has any information to contact the police as soon as possible to help them find justice for Bernadette and Sarah.

Bernadette, who was a mother of three and grandmother of three, was a very outgoing and lovely person who wouldn’t harm anyone. In fact she only ever had nice things to say about people. She was so caring and would help anyone.

And Sarah was loved by her family and well liked by her friends and neighbours. She was a fantastic aunty and was a cheeky, bubbly and outgoing person who loved her dog. They will both be greatly missed.

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