Long Melford deaths: Deborah Ruse's killing treated as murder

Ruse & Sons, Long Melford
Image caption Floral tributes have been left at the Ruse family's house next door to the shop on Hall Street

The death of a butcher's wife is being treated as murder, Suffolk Police has said.

Deborah Ruse, 39, was found at a house on Little St Mary's, Long Melford on 13 November.

Her husband Oliver Ruse, 37, was found dead earlier that day in Bury St Edmunds. His death is still being treated as unexplained.

A post-mortem examination has confirmed Mrs Ruse died of significant head injuries.

Mr Ruse was found outside the multi-storey Parkway car park after police were called at 12:10 GMT and his wife's body was found at 14:40.

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Image caption Oliver Ruse was pronounced dead at the Parkway car park next to Cineworld in Bury St Edmunds

Police said Mr Ruse died of serious internal and head injuries, consistent with a fall from height, and inquiries into his death were continuing.


The couple had four daughters, aged 8, 11, 13 and 16.

Det Insp Eamonn Bridger said: "We are continuing our investigations into the two deaths, and I'd urge anyone who witnessed anything in either Bury St Edmunds or Long Melford at around the time of the incidents to contact us.

"Police are continuing to provide support to both families whose focus is very much on the welfare of Oliver and Deborah's four children."

Mr Ruse ran Ruse & Son butcher's shop on Hall Street in Long Melford.

His father Henry Ruse, who had retired, has returned to run the shop and the Ruse family have said they have been "overwhelmed" by support from the local community.

Floral tributes have been left outside the Ruse Family home next to the butcher's and a book of condolence has been put on a table outside the shop.

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