Murder investigation launched after girls bodies found

PUBLISHED: 11:23 13 June 2007 | UPDATED: 12:32 04 May 2010

Det Supt Jeff Hill, who is leading the murder investigation

Det Supt Jeff Hill, who is leading the murder investigation

THE bodies of two teenage girls have been discovered in a house in the village of Stretham near Ely. A 39-year-old woman was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and is currently being questioned at Parkside Police Station in Cambridge.

The bodies being removed from the house

By ADAM LAZZARI, DEBBIE DAVIES and LESLEY INNES

POLICE have launched a double murder investigation after discovering the bodies of two teenage sisters at a house in the village of Stretham.

A woman, aged 39, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and taken to Parkside Police Station in Cambridge where she was still being questioned today (Wednesday).

Officers made the grim discovery after a call was made from the house at number 2 The Crofters to a member of the public and it was that person who alerted police.

Evidence is gathered at the scene

A full investigation was launched and forensic teams and detectives have been working through the day searching for clues and interviewing neighbours.

The girls are aged 14 and 16, and the younger sister was a pupil at Cottenham Village College. The elder sister, who is called Davina, had recently moved from the village college and is a pupil at Cambridge Regional College.

Police are unable, at this stage, to say how the girls died and have confirmed that no further details about the cause of death will be released until the post mortem which is due to take place tomorrow morning.

Det Supt Jeff Hill, who is leading the investigation, said at the scene today, "Police were called to Stretham just after 8am this morning following reports of two dead teenage girls. We arrested a 39-year-old woman on suspicion of murder and she is in custody at Parkside Police Station and will be interviewed at some point tonight. It is too early to confirm the identity of the girls and their relationship to the woman in custody.

Police have cordoned off the house.

Photos by Geoff Durrant

"Forensic teams are working painstakingly to find out as much as they can, but we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident. We would also like to assure people that we are here to help anyone who may be struggling to cope with any emotional stress that an incident like this can create."

Neighbours in the quiet village of Stretham, a few miles from the cathedral city of Ely, said the family kept themselves to themselves.

"We rarely saw people coming or going from the house and it seems very unusual that something like this should happen in a friendly neighbourhood where everyone knows each other," said one neighbour.

Neighbour of three years, 67-year-old Abraham Narimissa, said: “I saw her drive by in her car at about 4pm yesterday and she looked normal. But I always thought that something wasn’t quite right about her. She never spoke to anyone and I think I’m the only one in the area who has tried to speak to her. About a year ago, I asked her her name and she completely ignored me. This is really shocking and it makes me feel sick to think about those poor children. This is a beautiful village and you don’t expect this kind of thing to happen here. Her garden was always a mess but in the last two months she has been taking care of it. I thought she had started taking an interest in life.”

It is believed that a woman called Rekha Kumari Baker lived at the house with her two daughters.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ely Standard. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Ely Standard