Mystery dead couple found in Carshalton house identified as Howard and Josephine Sceales

Sutton Guardian: The house in Mill Lane where the bodies were found The house in Mill Lane where the bodies were found

Two dead bodies found in mysterious circumstances in a Carshalton terrace have been identified as Howard and Josephine Sceales.

The dead couple were found in their Mill Lane Terrace on February 15.

It is believed Mrs Sceales, 55, was acting as a carer for Mr Sceales, 69, but died leaving her husband with no-one to look after him.

Although the pair are thought to have lain dead for several  weeks, police believe they died at a similar time.

Mr and Mrs Sceales' bodies were found after a concerned neighbour went to their door after not seeing them for some time.

When he arrived at the house he noticed flies at the window and called police.

Mrs Sceales' uncle, who asked not to be named, said: "We would like to thank the neighbour who shared concern for Josephine and her husband Howard.

"This has been a difficult time for us to grasp what has happened and we would like to be left in peace and dignity while we mourn."

Mr and Mrs Sceales' deaths have prompted calls for people to make an effort to check on their elderly or vulnerable neighbours.

The police investigation into the Sceales' deaths is ongoing but a neighbour said they believe Mrs Sceales was caring for her husband and her death led to his. Officers are not treating the deaths as suspicious.

Post mortem examinations were carried out on the bodies but proved inconclusive. If you have any information that could help, you can call police on 101.


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8:35pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Sutton Mum says...

Please, please, do not ignore those around you. Don't think you are too busy or too important to keep an eye out for elderly and vulnerable. Don't think that it's somebody else's problem. It's not. Our society is all of our concern. Think of your own parents or family members who may not live locally. And think of these recent deaths - those people may have had family living some distance.

What an absolutely tragic end to life. To go unnoticed for so long.

Rest in peace both.
Please, please, do not ignore those around you. Don't think you are too busy or too important to keep an eye out for elderly and vulnerable. Don't think that it's somebody else's problem. It's not. Our society is all of our concern. Think of your own parents or family members who may not live locally. And think of these recent deaths - those people may have had family living some distance. What an absolutely tragic end to life. To go unnoticed for so long. Rest in peace both. Sutton Mum

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