Husband and wife with dementia, 88 and 85, found dead in "suspicious" case
The bodies of two pensioners have been found together in a house in "suspicious" circumstances.
An investigation has been launched after an 88-year-old man and an 85-year-old woman were discovered yesterday evening.
It emerged this afternoon that the woman is thought to have suffered from dementia and had recently been in a care home.
It is thought the pair are a couple who neighbours have often seen walking in the street holding hands.
Neighbours in the quiet residential street in Rochester, Kent, said the pensioner was having trouble coping with his wife’s illness.
It is understood the couple, who have lived in the street for many years, were married and used to be seen together walking hand-in-hand down the street.
One neighbour who didn’t want to be named, said: "I am in shock. They were a lovely couple and used to hold hands when they went out together.
"I understand she had been ill for some time and he has been trying to cope with that.
"I am sure she went into a home at some point."
Police are treating the deaths as "suspicious" but officers are not looking for any suspects in connection with the incident.
Both pensioners knew each other, police said, but would not confirm the nature of their relationship.
Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are investigating after being called to the home in Rochester, Kent, at 6.30pm last night.
A spokeswoman for the force said: "Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are investigating after the bodies of two people were found at a home in Rochester.
"Officers were called to the scene, in Blaker Avenue, at 6.30pm on Saturday, April 21, and the bodies of an 88-year-old man and an 85-year-old woman were located.
"The two individuals were known to each other.
"The deaths are being treated as suspicious however officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths."
By the time Kent Police announced detectives had launched an investigation this morning, officers had left the home and no police vehicles were left in the road.
One neighbour, who was saddened by the news but did not want to be named, said: "She had been ill suffering from dementia and he was trying to cope with that.
"I’m just shocked by the whole thing. It is very sad they have died."
Police say officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths and that post mortems are expected to be carried out on the couple later this week.
Another neighbour, a woman, who also didn’t want to be named, said: "I saw the police here last night, but didn’t know what they were here for.
"There was a police car parked at the beginning of the street and an another car up the other end of cul-de-sac and an ambulance, but I never realised why they were there."
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