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Emma Sillett and Jenson Spellman search: Bodies found in water

Emma Sillett and Jenson Spellman Image copyright Derbyshire Police
Image caption Emma Sillett, 41, was reported missing with her son Jenson Spellman on Tuesday

Two bodies, believed to be those of a mother and her son, 5, have been pulled from a reservoir, police say.

Officers had been looking for Emma Sillett, 41, and Jenson Spellman after her car was spotted near Valehouse reservoir, Tintwistle, on Thursday.

The pair, from Dinting, Derbyshire, were last seen on Tuesday at a McDonald's in Hattersley, Tameside.

Police believe no-one else was involved in the deaths and said post-mortem examinations will take place later.

They were reported missing at about 23:35 GMT on Tuesday, the Derbyshire force said.

Image caption A police cordon is in place at Valehouse reservoir
Image copyright Glossop Chronicle
Image caption Police said they would be investigating at Valehouse reservoir for some time

Following a public appeal and "detailed search", the force said Miss Sillett's black Peugeot 308 was found in the car park of the reservoir and the bodies were later recovered from the water.

Assistant Chief Constable Kem Mehmet said officers would be in the area for "some time to come" and inquires were ongoing to establish the full facts of the case.

Christmas lights tribute

Christ Church in Tintwistle said it would remain open until 19:00 on Friday for family and friends of Miss Sillett and Jenson to offer prayers and light candles.

Holy Trinity Church, in Dinting, near Glossop, also said it would be open for prayers and reflection.

A two-minute silence will also take place at the Glossop Christmas lights switch-on, in Norfolk Square on Saturday night, to remember Miss Sillett and Jenson.

Image caption Valehouse reservoir and the surrounding area

Reverend Rob Heeley, from Holy Trinity Church, said there was a feeling of "shock", "disbelief" and "grief" over the deaths.

"[I am also] remembering the father and the extended family, who will now be in a terrible state of shock, trying to pick the pieces up and put their lives back together," he continued.

"Emma wasn't one of our congregation but obviously part of our community and so we are here for all of them, especially at times like this."

Image caption Flowers have been left outside Simmondley Primary School, near Glossop, where Jenson Spellman was a pupil
Image caption Drawings and messages have also been tied to railings at a nearby playground

Organisers of the two-minute silence said the aim was to show the family "our support and love in this, their darkest hour".

Jane Fletcher, event organiser, added: "There's a lot of community spirit being shown and Glossop really wants to come together, although it is a very sad time.

"It's an awful thing to happen but we all want to come together as a mark of respect."

People living in the community have said the news is "heartbreaking".

One woman said: "I think it is really sad. I used to work at the school, you get close to the children so I feel really sorry for the staff. They sort of become your own children."

Another woman said: "It is terribly sad. I have a little girl myself. I don't know what to say, it is just awful."

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