‘Murder suicide’-Dead Friston couple identified by police

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A DEAD COUPLE from Friston have been named by police investigating a suspected murder suicide.

John Phelps, aged 64, was found dead at the bottom of cliffs in the Beachy Head area after his car was found abandoned in Crowlink Lane at 1.20pm yesterday, March 14.

Police found an address in his car and went to a house in Friston where they discovered the body of his wife Jennifer, also aged 64, in a bedroom. The cause of her death has yet to be released by police.

The family has issued the following tribute: “The family are shocked and saddened at the sudden loss of our parents. They were a loving couple, married for more than 40 years, were devoted to each other and to their family.

“We loved them dearly and they are sadly missed. We would gratefully respect utmost privacy at this difficult time.”

For the full story read this week’s Sussex Express (Hailsham edition).