Lincolnshire

Boy and grandmother found dead in Holywell Lake named

A six-year-old boy and his 71-year-old grandmother found dead in a Lincolnshire lake have been named locally by friends and villagers.

Laurie Mullany-Mills, from Ketton in Rutland, was staying with his grandmother, Dawn Mullany from Castle Bytham, at the end of half term.

Their bodies were found in Holywell Lake after a search by emergency services on Thursday and Friday.

The deaths are being treated as an accident, Lincolnshire Police said.

Officers said a search had been carried out after the mother of the boy, who had stayed the previous night at his grandmother's, contacted police.

'Tragic accident'

Ms Mullany's car was found near to the water at the parkland in the village of Holywell, near Castle Bytham, at 22:45 GMT on Thursday.

Soon afterwards the grandmother's body was pulled from the lake and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

Image caption Dawn Mullany was a devoted grandmother, a friend said

The boy's body was recovered from the water by police divers just before 04:00 GMT.

Police said the boy's mother had become concerned for the welfare of the child and her mother after she had been unable to contact them. The boy had been due to return home on Thursday evening.

Det Ch Insp Dave Wood said: "We don't believe this is suspicious. We believe this is a tragic accident."

Det Wood said one theory police were looking at was that the pair stopped at the pond to feed the ducks on the way back to the boy's home.

Lyn Betts, a friend of Ms Mullany, said Dawn was a devoted grandmother who doted on her grandson.

Lincolnshire Police have asked anyone who saw the pair at the lake to contact them.

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