British mother found dead in passenger seat & # 39; fell down the stairs & # 39; on the day she died
An Englishman being investigated for murdering his mother in France told the police that she had fallen down the stairs for hours before she died in the front seat of his car.
Simon Odgers, 53, was arrested early Friday morning in Calais when he tried to board a Channel ferry with the corpse of Barbara Odgers, 86, next to him.
The couple, from Bembridge on the Isle of Wight, had spent a few days on a break in France, where they own three houses.
Odgers said his mother Barbara, pictured, had suffered from & # 39; recurrent falls & # 39; and was diagnosed with cancer. Odgers has told investigators that his mother died a few hours after she fell down one of their vacation homes
But neighbors of their dilapidated property in the small hamlet of La Bost, near Chateau-Chinon, in Burgundy, were worried when they shouted to each other Wednesday & # 39; English voices & # 39; heard.
A source of investigation said investigators raided the house late on Friday and found & # 39; blood on the stairs & # 39 ;.
But Mr. Odgers told the investigators that & # 39; my mother fell down the stairs and was already very sick & # 39; according to the same source.
A murder investigation has been opened in the case, while Odgers is receiving psychiatric treatment in France.
Pascal Marconville, the public prosecutor in Boulogne-sur-Mer, near Calais, said & # 39; there are suspicions & # 39; because Mrs. Odgers was found dead early in the passenger seat of the family car, even though she had clearly died many hours before.
"The son said he only realized his mother was dead when he left Calais," Marconville said.
The son also said his mother was sick with cancer and & # 39; recurrent falls & # 39; had when she tried to walk.
Odgers was intercepted in the port city of Calais, depicted on Friday, with the heavily bruised corpse beside him. According to the prosecutor, Mr. Odgers did not realize that his mother was dead until he got out of their car in Calais
The prosecutor said they visited France "about twice a year", each time for a week, but this time back within two days.
One of their houses lay in the southeast of the Ardèche, while the other two were in Burgundy, further north.
& # 39; At night on Thursday-Friday, they had driven about 550 miles from the house in Vernon, in the Archeche, where the police found blood in the kitchen.
The couple had also stopped at their home in La Bost, where detectives found blood on the stairs.
But Mr Marconville said that forensic scientists had found no evidence that a crime had been committed.
An autopsy on Mrs. Odger's body on Friday "revealed nothing except that this was an older and very sick woman in a very precarious state of health," Marconville said.
"During the trip, the son noticed that his mother was not responding, but he thought she was sleeping," Marconville said.
Éric Jussière, the mayor of Chatin, said that Mr Odgers bought the house in 2005 but had no contact with the neighbors.
Mrs. Odgers was a widow, whose husband used to work as a general practitioner in the UK, he said.
A neighbor in Vernon said that he had seen the mother and son coming on Wednesday and that they had heard & shout at each other & # 39; before they left abruptly the next day.
On Friday around 5 am, the police were called to Calais after the man indicated that his mother was feeling unwell, but she was clearly dead when she inspected her body.
Pascal Marconville (photo), the public prosecutor in nearby Boulogne-sur-Mer, said & # 39; there are suspicions & # 39; in the case because the mother was found dead in the passenger seat of the car on Friday morning, despite the fact that she had died many hours before
Mr. Marconville conducted house searches with the family of the family on Friday afternoon for & # 39; suspicious statements from the son & # 39 ;.
The son was considered to be in a fragile mental state and was accordingly hospitalized in a psychiatric ward, rather than being taken into custody.
The investigation continues and no theory is excluded, said Mr Marconville, who confirmed that a murder investigation had been initiated.
The French authorities have not formally identified the Odgers, but at least three sources who knew them in France have confirmed their name.
Both Mr Odgers and his mother had Twitter accounts, with their photos clearly displayed.
Odgers described himself as "based on the Isle of Wight" and "very interested in working from home."
His deceased mother wrote that she was retired with five grandchildren on the Isle of Wight.
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