Chadwell Heath murders: Family named locally

Shighi Rethish, Rethishkumar Pullarkattil and daughters Niya and Neha, who were found dead at the fa

Shighi Rethish, Rethishkumar Pullarkattil and daughters Niya and Neha, who were found dead at the family home in Chadwell Heath - Credit: Archant

Three people found dead in a house by police on Tuesday have been named locally.

Rethishkumar Pullarkattil and Shighi Rethishkumar

Rethishkumar Pullarkattil and Shighi Rethishkumar - Credit: Archant

Thirteen-year-olds Neha and Niya, both pupils at Chadwell Heath Academy, in Christie Gardens, were discovered in their house, in Juniper Court, Chadwell Heath, with Shighi Rethishkumar, 37, believed to be their mother, on Tuesday.

The father, believed to be Rethishkumar Pullarkattil, 45, who was missing from the same address, was found hanged in Woodford Reservoir, Walthamstow, at 8.17am today.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers attended the house after concerns had been raised about their well-being by neighbours.

Police outside a flat off Grove Road in Chadwell Heath which is now a crime scene after a suspected

Police outside a flat off Grove Road in Chadwell Heath which is now a crime scene after a suspected murder - Credit: Archant


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Police said they had attended the rented property on Monday evening but there was no response or sign of any disturbance.

The matter was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission yesterday and the Met’s directorate of professional standards is reviewing the police response.

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A Chadwell Heath Academy spokesman said: “We are deeply saddened by this tragic event.

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with all who knew the family. “We are doing all that is necessary to support both staff and pupils.”

Zoya Habibani, a resident, said the family were “nice” and that she never had a disagreement with them.

Did you know the family? Please feel free to get in touch. Call Ajay Nair on 0208 477 3835 or email ajay.nair@archant.co.uk

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