South East Wales

Murder arrest over Colette Davies' 2004 death in India

Colette Davies
Image caption Colette Davies's family are being supported by family liaison police officers

A man has been arrested seven years after his wife fell to her death while travelling in India with him.

Colette Davies, 39, from Bridgend, died near a river bridge in Gaura in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh in 2004.

Police who travelled to India for a review into the case - initially found not to be suspicious - confirmed a 50-year-old man was being questioned.

John Davies is being held on suspicion of murder.

A spokesman confirmed on Thursday that the man, who has not been named, had been brought to south Wales from his home in Milton Keynes for questioning.

He had previously lived in the Bridgend area.

Mrs Davies and her husband John were married 14 months before her death, and delayed their honeymoon to visit Himichal Pradesh.

A week after they arrived, she fell more than 80ft from a viewing point at a steep gorge. The death was investigated at the time by the Himachal Pradesh State police.

'Positive development'

Det Insp Mark Lewis of South Wales Police said: "Whilst I consider this arrest to be a positive development in the investigation I am also appealing for any information surrounding the circumstances of this death.

"Colette's family have been informed of the arrest and continue to be supported by specialist family liaison officers."

A neighbour at their former home said: "It was a real mystery to us what happened. They went off together on honeymoon but only he came back.

"We heard there had been a terrible accident and Colette had died. We never really heard much more - and then within a few months he was gone.

"It is a real shock all these years later."

Her body was returned to the UK where her funeral took place at Coychurch Crematorium, Bridgend, in March 2004.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the South Wales Police incident room on 01639 889732 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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