Police are investigating suspected murder-suicide in Dorset

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Police investigate ‘murder-suicide’ as armed officers find dead woman in her 50s in a Dorset apartment before discovering body of man in house seven miles away

  • Investigators believe that a woman at home in Weymouth was murdered by a man who subsequently fled
  • Investigation led the officers to another house in Portland, about 20 minutes away
  • Armed police saw the premises raided before finding the man’s body inside

The murder and suspected suicide of a woman and a man whose bodies were found in nearby towns in Dorset are reportedly linked, police said today.

Investigators believe the woman was deliberately murdered in her Weymouth home by a man who subsequently fled the scene.

Investigations led agents to another house in Portland, about 20 minutes away by car, where they found the body of a man who loved the woman in his 50s.

Neighbors described today that armed police broke the door of the Portland property last night before finding the body inside.

Police say both victims were known together, but it is not yet clear whether they were a couple. Clearly, the man’s death is being treated as suicide.

Investigators believe the woman was deliberately murdered in her Weymouth home by a man who subsequently fled the scene (photo taken today)

Investigators believe the woman was deliberately murdered in her Weymouth home by a man who subsequently fled the scene (photo taken today)

Investigation led agents to a house in Portland, about 20 minutes away by car, where they found the body of a man in his 50s (photo is the scene yesterday)

Investigation led agents to a house in Portland, about 20 minutes away by car, where they found the body of a man in his 50s (photo is the scene yesterday)

Investigation led agents to a house in Portland, about 20 minutes away by car, where they found the body of a man in his 50s (photo is the scene yesterday)

Shocked neighbors in Portland today described the dramatic moment when armed police broke in to find the man at around 6:30 p.m.

Residents on the sleepy seaside street say the man moved in less than a year ago and the house has seen several residents come and go in recent times.

No one has been able to confirm his name, but it is described that he ‘keeps himself to himself’.

A neighbor in his eighties said: ‘At around 6:30 the police officers showed up with big black guns.

“They were joined by what I assume were inspectors in suits, and they stood outside talking for a long time.

‘Then they smashed the door and window and we heard them shout’ armed police. ‘

Portland Island is a tethered island in the English Channel some five miles south of Weymouth.

Neighbors today described armed police breaking the door of the Portland property before finding the body inside.  Today the police are searching the house

Neighbors today described armed police breaking the door of the Portland property before finding the body inside.  Today the police are searching the house

Neighbors today described armed police breaking the door of the Portland property before finding the body inside. Today the police are searching the house

Dorset Police said: ‘We received a call from the ambulance service on Thursday, April 1 at 5:40 PM, reporting that a woman had been found injured at an address on Ranelagh Road in Weymouth.

Unfortunately, the woman – in her fifties and from the area – was pronounced dead on the spot. Her relatives have been informed.

The woman’s death is being treated as suspicious and an investigation is underway to determine the full circumstances surrounding her death.

“As part of our investigation, agents visited an address on Grove Road in Portland that same day around 6:40 PM and found the body of a man in his 50s.

‘The death is treated as unexplained and an investigation is underway. His family has also been informed. ‘

Shocked neighbors in Portland today described the dramatic moment when armed police broke in at around 6:30 pm last night to find the man inside.  Shown yesterday is an armed police officer on the scene

Shocked neighbors in Portland today described the dramatic moment when armed police broke in at around 6:30 pm last night to find the man inside.  Shown yesterday is an armed police officer on the scene

Shocked neighbors in Portland today described the dramatic moment when armed police broke in at around 6:30 pm last night to find the man inside. Shown yesterday is an armed police officer on the scene

Portland Island is a tethered island in the English Channel about five miles south of Weymouth.

A cordon has been applied to both addresses while the police are investigating.

Detective Inspector Wayne Seymour, of the large crime investigation team, said: “Detailed investigation is underway into the circumstances of both deaths, which are currently treated as related to each other.

The families of both the woman and the man are supported by specially trained agents.

“ I would urge anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the Ranelagh Road or Grove Road area on the afternoon of Thursday, April 1, 2021 to contact us. ”

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