Neighbours shocked by death of Washington couple

Police officers outside the house on Biddick Villas, Colombia, Washington where two bodies were discovered on Friday morning.
Police officers outside the house on Biddick Villas, Colombia, Washington where two bodies were discovered on Friday morning.
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SHOCKED neighbours today paid tribute to a “lovely, elderly couple” found dead at their home in a quiet Wearside street.

The bodies of Ken and Edna Fisher were discovered inside their semi-detached bungalow at Biddick Villas in Columbia, Washington, yesterday morning.

The couple are understood to have lived in the bungalow for more than 30 years, where Mr Fisher, 76, was a carer for wife Edna, 74.

After the discovery of the bodies, Northumbria Police drafted in its major crime team and an investigation was launched.

Detectives now say they do not believe there was any third-party involvement in the tragedy, although how the couple came to meet their deaths remains a mystery.

One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, told the Echo that Edna suffered from Parkinson’s disease and that her husband was her carer.

Another neighbour in the street said the couple had lived there for “well over 30 years” and that Mrs Fisher, who is said to have worked as a nurse in a family planning clinic, would wave when he and his wife saw her in the street. “They were a nice couple, a lovely couple,” he added.

A third neighbour, who did not know the couple, said he was shocked, as the street is quiet and mainly occupied by elderly people.

“We moved here because it is so quiet,” he said.

Ken Fisher had spoken to the Echo at the opening of a Saturday GP’s surgery at Oxclose Community School in November 2007.

At the time, he said he struggled to make it into the surgery during the week due to caring for Edna.

“It is difficult to get a carer for my wife during the week because my daughter Janet is at work,” he said.

“On a Saturday she can help, which is what she has done this morning.”

Inquiries to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the deaths are under way by police and a post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course.

Detective Chief Inspector Christina Barrett, who is leading the inquiry, said: “This investigation is at an early stage, however, there is nothing to suggest there is any threat to the wider community.

“Early indications are that no-one else has been involved in these deaths, but our inquiries continue to establish exactly what has taken place.

“Anyone with information they believe could assist us is asked to come forward.”

Officers are giving family members support and have added extra patrols in the area to reassure the public.

Chief Inspector Dave Willett, from Sunderland Area Command, added: “Anyone with concerns should speak to officers on patrol or by calling their local Neighbourhood Policing Team.”

Police can be called on 101 ext 69191, quoting log number 371 of 11/04/14.