Video: Family of Long Melford butcher Oliver Ruse and his estranged wife Deborah, who died in tragic double death tragedy, had ‘four happy children’

Oliver Ruse is pictured at Ruse & Son butchers in Long Melford in 2009.

Oliver Ruse is pictured at Ruse & Son butchers in Long Melford in 2009.

Police are today treating the death of Long Melford butcher Oliver Ruse as 'unexplained' and that of his estranged wife Deborah as 'suspicious' following two separate incidents in west Suffolk yesterday.

Police at Ruse & Son butchers in Long Melford after a body was discovered at a property elsewhere in

Police at Ruse & Son butchers in Long Melford after a body was discovered at a property elsewhere in the village, where there was also a police presence yesterday. - Credit: Archant

Detectives from Suffolk's major investigation team are continuing to investigate the deaths of the pair - who had four children aged six to 11.

Mr Ruse's stepmother Sheelagh said this afternoon: 'He has four happy children. It is terribly tragic.'

She said the family had been trying to support the couple - it is understood they had separated in the last year.

Mr Ruse's body was discovered by a multi-storey car park in Parkway, Bury St Edmunds, at about 12.10pm on Thursday. It appeared that the 37-year-old, of Hall Street, Long Melford, had fallen from an upper level of the car park.

Police investigating his death were led to a property off Little St Mary's in Long Melford where they discovered the body of Mrs Ruse at about 2.40pm.

A police spokeswoman said it was treating the double-tragedy as unexplained.


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A post mortem examination on Mr Ruse and his wife, who were in their 30s, is due to take place tomorrow to establish the cause of their deaths.

Formal identification of the couple is due to take place over the weekend.

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Mr Ruse was the fifth generation to have owned and run the family firm of Ruse & Son in Long Melford's main street, with the business celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2010.

Two police scenes remained in place in Long Melford today while investigations continue.

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