Knife found near children's bodies
17/07/2012 - 11:42:59
Detectives investigating the deaths of three children and their father at a beauty spot have recovered a knife.
The bodies of Sam Fuller, 12, and his sisters Becka, aged eight, and seven-year-old Charlotte, who was known as Charlie, were found in isolated woodland yesterday. It is believed they died from knife wounds.
The body of their father Ceri Fuller, 35, was found nearby at the Poles Coppice on Pontesbury Hill, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire. He is thought to have fallen from a cliff.
West Mercia detectives have launched a murder investigation but described the deaths as a “tragic family situation” and are not looking for anyone else.
Detective Chief Inspector Neil Jamieson, who is leading the investigation, said: “I can disclose that a weapon has been recovered from the scene.
“Officers involved in the search found a knife in the vicinity of where the bodies were found.
“It will now be forensically examined.”
Mr Jamieson said the old quarry and surrounding woodland would remain cordoned off as officers continue a detailed search of the area.
Post-mortem examinations will be conducted this afternoon by a Home Office pathologist and may not be concluded until tomorrow, the detective confirmed.
Police are appealing for information about possible sightings of the vehicle and its four occupants on Thursday.
Mr Jamieson said: “We believe this vehicle left Gloucestershire at some point last Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning and we are anxious to establish its movements since then, especially in the Pontesbury area.
“We believe it was in the Leominster area at around midday on Thursday before making its way up towards Welshpool later that day.”
He said several people have already come forward with helpful information that would help police track the vehicle’s movements.
“This is in response to our appeals and we are grateful for their assistance,” he said.
“However, I am still urging people to call Shrewsbury police station on 101 or our other number, 0300 333 3000, with any details which could help the investigation.”
While police work continues in Shropshire, a team of West Mercia detectives have travelled to Gloucestershire to make further inquiries, including speaking to family members.
“We are working very closely with our colleagues in Gloucestershire to try to establish the full circumstances leading up to this tragedy,” Mr Jamieson added.
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