Post-mortems to take place on bodies believed to be missing Derbyshire mum and her five-year-old son

Two bodies found near a reservoir believed to be a missing Derbyshire mother and her son will undergo post-mortem tests to confirm how they died and their identities, police have said.

Friday, 23rd November 2018, 11:15 am
Updated Friday, 23rd November 2018, 12:20 pm
Valehouse Reservoir
Valehouse Reservoir

Officers searching for 41-year-old Emma Sillett, from Dinting, Glossop, and five-year-old Jenson Spellman recovered two bodies from a reservoir on Thursday (November 22).

The pair were reported missing shortly before midnight on Tuesday (20 Nov).

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Valehouse Reservoir

They were last seen travelling along the A560 Stockport Road in Greater Manchester in Ms Sillett’s Peugeot 308.

Staff at Simmondley Primary School, where Jenson was a pupil, had not seen him since Monday.

The discovery of two bodies came hours after officers found Ms Sillett's black Peugeot 308 hatchback close to the reservoir, near Tintwistle.

Post-mortem examinations are now due to take place and the force said it was not looking for anyone else in connection with their deaths.

A police cordon and forensic tent at the scene at Valehouse Reservoir

In a statement issued on Thursday, Assistant Chief Constable Kem Mehmet of Derbyshire police said: “At 11.35pm on Tuesday, November 20, we received a call to report Emma Sillett and Jenson Spellman as missing.

"Since then extensive enquiries have been carried out by police and external agencies to locate 41-year-old Emma and five-year-old Jenson safe and well.

"After a detailed search by specialist officers, it is with great sadness, that the bodies of what are believed to be Emma and Jenson were located at Valehouse Reservoir earlier today."

Mr Mehmet said there is no indication anyone else was involved in their deaths.

Floral tributes have been left outside Simmondley Primary School.

"At this time our enquiries are ongoing and officers will be in the area for some time to come," he added.

"Whilst the investigation is in its early stages we have no indication that any other person is involved in their deaths.

"Further enquires are ongoing to establish the full facts of the case.

"I would like to take this opportunity to pass on my own condolences, as well as those of every officer in Derbyshire, to the family and friends of Emma and Jenson."

Drawings and flowers have been left outside Simmondley Primary School