Chadwell Heath Murders

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Body of a Father Who Killed His Family Found Hanging in Reservoir

A father who murdered his twin daughters and their mother was found hanging in a north east London reservoir.

An investigation into the deaths of the four family members, who are originally from Kerala state in India, is currently underway.

Murder detectives, who visited the family’s home in Chadwell Heath after receiving calls from concerned neighbours, found the bodies of social worker Shigi Rethishkumar, 37, and her two daughts Niya and Neha, both 13, at the property.

A hunt for the father Rethishkumar Pullarkattil was launched by Scotland Yard following the discovery.

The 44-year-old’s body was found hanging from a tree at Woodford Reservoir in Walthamstow the following morning.

Post-mortems are being carried out and the cause of death is yet undetermined.

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.

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

Detectives have said they are not looking for anyone else in relation to this investigation.

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