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Family found dead near a reservoir in North East London

Woodford reservoir in Walthamstow

Woodford reservoir in Walthamstow. Image: Google Maps

A 45 year old father has been found dead, hung near a reservoir after the bodies of his two teenage daughters and their mother were found in their  home nearby.

The police went to the house in Grove Road in Chadwell Heath, in east London, at 1.10 pm Tuesday after concerns were raised about the welfare of the residents.

On arrival, officers forced entry and found the bodies of a woman, believed to be aged 37, and two girls, believed to be aged 13.

Scotland Yard said that the last confirmed sighting of the family was on Sunday.

The Met Police say officers attended the address late on the evening of Monday, 11th May, but there was no response and no signs of any disturbance.

They added: ‘As is routine in these circumstances, the Directorate of Professional Standards is reviewing the police response and a referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission was made on Tuesday, 12th May.’

The father of this family was not found in the house but police later discovered him hanging in Woodford Reservoir in Walthamstow, north east London, at 8.17 am today.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Post-mortem examinations are expected to start later today.

Police have said that the bodies of the females had no signs of visible injuries.

Forensic examinations are going on.

Formal identification has not taken place and next of kin have not been informed.

Detective Superintendent Kenny McDonald, who is overseeing the investigation, said:

At this stage we are awaiting the outcome of the post-mortems to confirm cause of death, which will provide further evidence of what has taken place inside the house at Grove Road.

However, at this stage in our ongoing investigation we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

We are making extensive inquiries to trace next of kin, who we believe to be outside of the UK.

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