Lincolnshire

Teacher's body found beneath carpet underlay at family home

Bernice William Image copyright Lincolnshire Police
Image caption Bernice William was found dead under a pile of carpet underlay in a room of her home

The body of a school teacher was found covered by carpet underlay in a room of her village home, an inquest has heard.

Bernice William, 50, from Lutton, Lincolnshire, was found on 9 April and later indentified by her DNA.

The find came two days after her husband, Lawrence William, was found dead in a stable block at the family home, near Spalding.

Police believe Mr William, 49, may have taken his own life, but are treating his wife's death as suspicious.

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An inquest at Boston Coroners' Court was opened and adjourned while police investigations are completed.

Home Office post-mortems and toxicology tests have been ordered on both bodies.

Image caption Mr William was found in a stable block at the family home

Det Sgt Andy McWatt, of Lincolnshire Police, told the hearing the body of Mrs William - a teacher at a local school - was found after extensive searches by specialist teams at the house on Colley's Gate.

She was discovered two days after Mr William was found in a stable block at the property by the couple's eldest son, who was home from university at the time.

Her family believed she had been away staying with friends, but a missing person's appeal was launched after this was found not to be the case, police said.

A post-mortem proved inconclusive as to the cause of her death.

The inquest is due to resume at a later date.

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