A young couple who were found dead in their home in a suspected murder-suicide before their toddler was rescued have today been named by neighbours.
The bodies of the Latvian couple named locally as 32-year-old Kiril Nemcev and Lana Nemceva, 23, were discovered at Henhurst Hill, in Burton-upon-Trent, yesterday evening.
A two-year-old child, thought to be the couple’s son, was found safe in the house and was being cared for by relatives today.
Photographs on social media show the married couple enjoying holidays and meals out together.
Kiril, a chef at Pizza Express, and Lana, who worked at Boots Opticians, posted photos of themselves together as they enjoyed dinner at a local pub on August 15 and celebrated their son’s second birthday on August 3.
The couple have been named locally as 32-year-old Kiril Nemcev and Lana Nemceva, 23
A toddler, thought to be the couple’s son, was found safe and well by police
Police and forensic officers at the property in Henhurst Hill in Burton on Trent this morning
The landlord of the property today told how he rented the house to the couple more than two years ago.
Asking not to be named, he said: ‘They rented the house via a local estate agents.
‘They were an Eastern European family. When she moved here she was pregnant and shortly after moving in she had a baby.
‘They had another gentlemen living with them as well, but I couldn’t really make out who he was. He was a family member. I assumed it was an arrangement between them to cover the costs of the rental.
‘When they approached me via the estate agents he was part of the agreement. I never had any concerns about having him as part of the agreement.
‘I never had any issues with them. They paid their rent on time and only text me once in a blue moon if they needed anything doing to the house.
‘The most recent communication I had with them was a couple of months ago when we fitted a new boiler for them.
‘For two or three days I was coming out of the house working here. From what I made out, she was working at Boots Opticians in Burton. The partner was a chef at Pizza Express.’
Kiril Nemcev and Lana Nemceva (pictured together) were found in the property last night
Detectives are at the scene investigating today, while the toddler remains in the care of relatives
Forensic officers carried items from the house to be examined
Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: ‘It’s shocking. They seemed like a nice family – they kept themselves to themselves. I would see them coming in and out of the house and say hello but that was really the extent of it.’
Azad Khan, the landlord’s father, added: ‘She was such a lovely lady, so beautiful, so happy. I have got no words. Honestly, I have no words to say how upset I am. She was a very beautiful, lovely girl. I’m shocked by this news.’
Forensics teams were today seen going in to the semi-detached house, which was guarded by a lone police officer.
Another neighbour, who wished not to be named, said: ‘It’s shocking. They seemed like a nice family – they kept themselves to themselves.
‘I would see them coming in and out of the house and say hello but that was really the extent of it. I know there was another man living there, but I don’t know who he was.’
Photographs on social media show the couple enjoying holidays and meals out together
Police say post mortems will take place in due course and formal identification has not yet taken place
The bodies were found shortly before midnight and police remain at the scene today
Police said a man and a woman were found unresponsive inside the property shortly after 11pm last night.
Witnesses today told of their shock at the discovery. One said: ‘I wasn’t sure what had happened as the fire service were there, I thought it was a house fire. I then saw a toddler being taken away.’
Brian Carvell, who was walking his dog past the scene, added: ‘ I’ve lived in this community about 30 years and don’t ever remember anything as serious as this happening in Henhurst Hill.
‘It’s really sad news for the community, but until we know exactly what’s happened it’s difficult. I certainly don’t ever remember anything like this happening up here before.’
Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the hazardous area response team were sent to the scene.
A second man was also discharged by medics after being assessed at the house.
The couple confirmed they were married on their social media profiles
A two-year-old child was found unharmed at the property after emergency services were called at around 11.05pm on Wednesday
Staffordshire Police officers remain at the property in Burton Upon Trent
Detectives are investigating after the couple were found dead at the property
Officers remain at the scene today. Police said the deaths are being treated as unexplained
A cordon has been put in place as forensic officers continue to search the property
A spokesman from the ambulance service said: ‘West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an incident at a property in Henhurst Hill in Burton on Trent at just after 11.00pm last night.
‘Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the hazardous area response team were sent to the scene.
‘Sadly, ambulance crews confirmed a man and a woman dead at the scene. A second man and a young child were discharged after assessment.’
Staffordshire Police said today in a statement: ‘Detectives are continuing to investigate this morning following the discovery of two bodies at a property in Burton.
‘The bodies of a 32-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman were discovered at the address. A 2-year-old child was found unharmed at the property.
‘The deaths are being treated as unexplained at this time and post mortems will take place in due course. Formal identification has not yet taken place.
‘A cordon is in place as forensic enquiries continue and detectives work to establish the circumstances around the deaths.’