Father found hanging as bodies of teenage daughters and their mother are found nearby

crimestoppersA father has been found hanging near a reservoir after the bodies of his two teenage daughters and their mother were found in a property nearby.

stream_imgPolice were called to Grove Road in Chadwell Heath, east London, at 1.10pm yesterday.

After forcing their way in, they found the bodies of the mother, believed to be aged 37, and two daughters, believed to be aged 13.

Police at Grove Road, Chadwell Heath Credit: PA

The 45-year-old father, who was missing from the address, was found hanging in Woodford Reservoir in Walthamstow, north east London, early this morning.

Post-mortem examinations are being carried out but police said the bodies of the female victims had no signs of visible injuries.

Police stand outside a flat in Grove Road, Chadwell Heath Credit: PA

The father has been named locally as Pullarkattil Rethishkumar and the twin girls named as Niya and Neha Rethishkumar by friends who went to pay respects at the house where they died.

The 13-year-olds, who were in Year 8 at the Chadwell Heath Academy, were “kind” and “shy” girls and were inseparable.

Arjan Padam, 13, who was in Niya’s form, said:

She was kind and quiet. They always hung around with each other. They never caused any trouble and they were hard working and shy.

Niya would keep herself to herself. They weren’t outgoing. We didn’t see them at school this week though.


Woodford Reservoir in Walthamstow
Woodford Reservoir in Walthamstow Credit: Google Street View

The family had lived in the east London ground-floor flat for around eight years, according to one neighbour. She added:

Shighi was a nice lady and a good mum. You always saw her on the street walking with her girls.


A school friend of the twins said:

The mum was constantly with them, she would take them to school and back.

They were never really seen on their own outside school – they always had their mum with them. They were in Year 8.


Police officer stands outside the home in Chadwell Heath today Credit: PA

Police are also under investigation after the bodies were found at the property the day after officers were called there but left – because there was no answer.

After being called to the property on Monday evening amid concerns for the welfare of the residents, officers did not force their way in until the following afternoon.


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