Sian Blake, an actress who appeared on EastEnders in the 1990s, and her children have been confirmed dead, police said.
The BBC reported that the 43-year-old and her two children–Zachary Bilal Kent-Blake, eight, and Amon Ben George Kent-Blake, four—were found in the garden of the family’s London home this week. Blake was last seen alive on Dec. 13, and bodies were found at her home on Jan. 5, but it wasn’t until Jan. 8 until it was confirmed the three were dead.
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A police spokesman told the broadcaster that they all died from neck and head injuries. Officials said the three were murdered.
Forensic specialists were called in to search her home and the bodies were found during a dig in the garden on Tuesday, the BBC said. Police said that significant attempts were made to conceal the bodies, suggesting foul play.
Blake’s partner, Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, is being sought over the three’s deaths by detectives, reported The Guardian.
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The BBC also reported that he may have went to Ghana, but it’s not clear if he is still there.
Met Police said they spoke to Simpson-Kent on Dec. 16, but he disappeared three days later.
Detective Paul Monk told the network: “It’s too early to speculate. Our efforts are continuing to find Arthur Simpson-Kent… we do need to speak to him as a matter of urgency.”
Her car was found on Jan. 3 in Bethnal Green. Officials are trying to determine how it ended up there.
On Thursday, Blake’s sister Ava said she was convinced her sister’s boyfriend was responsible and called on him to face justice. Ava said her sister was planning to leave Simpson-Kent, the father of her two children.
“Unfortunately I believe Arthur was responsible … I want him to face justice and explain why. It’s my two nephews more than anything. My brother is angry. My cousins are angry. They are angry about Sian, but the boys have devastated us. We have lost a generation. We can never replace them,” she told the Guardian.
“I want him to be brought back to justice. He’ll have to answer to the courts of this country and to God eventually. I don’t know what is going through his mind.”
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A 30-year-old neighbor of Blake commented on her death, saying: “She was a lovely, caring lady. I was hoping she was just hiding away to have her last Christmas. I wish I had been a better neighbor. I’m devastated.”
According to the Daily Mirror, a Google Street View photo that appears to show Blake’s son at the home’s bedroom window has emerged. It was apparently captured just weeks before the murders.
Neighbour Sandra Metzgen, 44, told the Mirror: “The kids used to wave to me from the window to their room.”
“They were always in the house and never came out.”
Blake played Frankie Pierre on the long-running BBC One soap opera between 1996 and 1997.
Independent Police Complaints Commission Associate Commissioner Tom Milsom stated, “The loss of Sian and her two young boys, Zachary and Amon, is a tragedy and my thoughts are with their family during this very difficult time.
“The IPCC will be conducting a thorough investigation into how police responded to the concerns for their welfare and their disappearance.”