Police name man suspected of Kettering murder-suicide

Police have named a man suspected of murdering 22-year-old Maddie Durdant-Hollamby before killing himself and confirmed that he was in a relationship with her.

Officers confirmed that Benjamin Green, 41, lived with Durdant-Hollamby at his house in Kettering, where they were both found dead shortly after 1pm on Friday after police went to the property after a report of concern for her welfare.

An investigation has been launched into the circumstances of the two deaths.

Detectives said Durdant-Hollamby’s death is being treated as murder, no arrests have been made and they are not seeking anyone else in connection with the case.

Both Durdant-Hollamby and Green’s families are being supported by specialist officers from Northamptonshire police’s major crime investigation team.

DI Nicole Main said: “While we await a formal identification of Benjamin, we have taken the step of naming him with the support of his family.

“We understand he and Maddie had been in a relationship, and are working to establish as much as is possible about the circumstances in which they died.”

She said both families were “overwhelmed with sadness and have asked that they be left in peace at this terribly distressing time”.

In a statement issued through police on Sunday, Durdant-Hollamby’s family, from Wimblington in Cambridgeshire, said they were “absolutely devastated at the loss of Maddie, our beautiful daughter, sister, granddaughter and niece”.

“Our hearts are broken and we cannot begin to imagine life without her. The shock and pain we are feeling is indescribable,” they said. “She was a beautiful person both inside and out, who loved nothing more than spending time with her family and friends.

“Maddie was a kind, caring, thoughtful young woman, who touched the lives of everyone she met. A talented dancer, her creative talent continued through school and into her career in marketing. Her life has been sadly cut short just as her career was blossoming.

“Our thoughts are with everybody who knew and loved Maddie as much as we did.”

Main said the investigation had so far found no background of domestic abuse, but urged anyone with any information they believe to be relevant to contact Northamptonshire police by calling 101 regarding incident reference 21000498738 or getting in touch online.

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