Woman, 22, found 'murdered' in house with dead man in Kettering is named as family say ‘our hearts are broken’

Woman, 22, found 'murdered' in house with dead man in Kettering is named as family say ‘our hearts are broken’


COPS tonight named a woman who was found "murdered" at a house along with the body of a man as her heartbroken family paid tribute.

Detectives probing the case said they are treating the death of22-year-old Maddie Durdant-Hollamby, from Wimblington, Cambridgeshire as murder.

Northamptonshire Police said the bodies of a woman and a man were found at the property shortly before 1pm on Friday and added they are not "not seeking anyone else" in connection with their enquiries.

Formal identification of the man is expected to be carried out by the middle of next week.

Maddie’s heartbroken family paid tribute to the 22-year-old and said their pain is ''indescribable.''

The family said: ''We are 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.

''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.''

The investigation into the two deaths continues and anyone with any relevant information is asked to call 101 or submit it online here.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Nicole Main said: ''First and foremost I offer my condolences to the bereaved family, friends and colleagues of Maddie. This case is exceptionally tragic and our team has been working over the past 48 hours to establish the circumstances that have led to the deaths of these two people.

''Maddie Durdant-Hollamby was a young woman with a bright future ahead of her, and we are making sure her family are fully supported as we work to answer their questions about how she came to lose her life.

''Our investigation has found no known background of domestic abuse in this case so far, but we continue to appeal to anyone with any information they believe to be relevant to our enquiries to contact us as soon as possible.

''The thoughts of all in our team, and across the Force, are with the family and friends of both of those who have died, and we ask that the media respect their privacy and make no attempt to contact them or intrude on their grief at this incredibly difficult time.''

How you can get help

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, where you call 999 and press ‘55’ if you can’t safely speak.
  • Always keep some money or a bank card on you, including change in case you need a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to move towards an exit if you are inside the house and get your phone in case you need to call for help.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other potential weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom.

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available every day from 10am-6pm or email helpline@womensaid.org.uk

SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – messageinfo@supportline.org.uk.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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