Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Grandmother made calls to Fordingbridge deaths family

Phoebe (left) and Nereya Case
Image caption There are no clear causes of death yet for the two girls, the inquest heard

A woman who found her granddaughters and their parents dead at home had been trying to get in contact with them for two days, an inquest has heard.

Andrew and Victoria Case and Phoebe, two, and Nereya, one, were found in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, on 26 July.

Coroner Keith Wiseman told Southampton Coroner's Court Linda Haskell could not get hold of the family, so went to the house where she found the four dead.

The funeral details for Mrs Case and her daughters have also been released.

A service will be held at St Mary's Church in Fordingbridge at 1500 BST on Friday. It will be followed by a private cremation.

Mrs Case's family has asked for any donations to be made to the Stars Appeal at Salisbury District Hospital which raises money to improve the lives of patients.

Speaking at the inquest, Mr Wiseman extended his "sincere condolences" to the extended families of the victims.

Senior investigating officer Det Ch Insp Chris Fitchet, of Hampshire Police, confirmed Mr Case had died of hanging and Mrs Case died of incisive wounds to the chest and neck.

He said there were no clear causes of death yet for the two girls, and confirmed to Mr Wiseman that there were no visible injuries to the children.

'Establish a motive'

Hampshire police was not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and the force was working to establish a motive for the deaths, he added.

Coroner's officer, Howard Willis, confirmed the identities of the family of four.

The inquest was adjourned for further investigations to take place.

On Monday evening, hundreds of people observed a minute's silence at two simultaneous church services to remember the family.

The acts of remembrance were held at St Mary's Church, Fordingbridge, and St Aldhelm's Church, Sandleheath.

The 30-minute services included the lighting of candles, prayers and readings.

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