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Pensioners found dead at home - one strangled and one hanged - have inquest opened and adjourned

Two pensioners found dead in their home had died after one had been strangled and the other hanged, an inquest heard.

The bodies of George and Betty Lyons were discovered in Blaker Avenue, Rochester, on Saturday, April 21.

It is understood the couple were found by a relative in their semi-detached property at about 6.30pm.

George and Betty Lyons
George and Betty Lyons

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate had started an investigating after the bodies were found.

However they said despite the deaths being treated as suspicious, officers were not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

Mrs Lyons, 85, had been ill for some time and suffered from dementia.

The couple had been married for more than 60 years and had lived in the quiet cul-de-sac for about 40 years.

The couple had lived in Blaker Avenue for more than 40 years
The couple had lived in Blaker Avenue for more than 40 years

The inquest into their deaths was opened and adjourned at The Archbishops Palace, Maidstone, on Wednesday, May 9.

The coroner recorded Mrs Lyons' cause of death as strangulation and Mr Lyons', 88, as hanging.

A full inquest into their deaths will be held at 3pm on Tuesday, August 21, at the same venue.


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