A horrifying twist has emerged after a police officer and his three-year-old son were found dead in their home.
David Louden, 39, and his son Harrison were found dead in Kidderminster, England, on Friday.
Mr Louden was identified by police as an officer with West Mercia Police.
His wife and family paid tribute to him as a “kind, loving, considerate, amazing father, husband, son, brother, uncle, friend and colleague”.
“Harrison was a happy, well-loved little boy,” the family said.
“They will both be forever missed and loved.”
A witness told the Metro the dad and son appeared to return home by themselves and the family had been on a holiday.
On Facebook, people paid tribute to saying the pair “will be greatly missed” and Mr Louden was “one of life’s thoroughly decent people”.
Investigation takes dark turn
On Wednesday, Assistant Chief Constable Damian Barratt said after further investigations the deaths of Mr Louden and his son are now being treated as a murder-suicide.
“Post mortems have now taken place and the investigation team, in conjunction with the Coroner, are satisfied that no other parties were involved,” he said.
“However, safeguarding reviews are now underway and there will be an inquest to provide an official determination, so we are unable to comment any further at this time in relation to the circumstances or the investigation.
“This is a dreadfully sad case and our thoughts are with David and Harrison’s family and friends. They have requested that they be allowed to grieve and will not be providing any further comment to the media at this time.”
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