Couple found dead by horrified neighbours dropping off Easter Sunday roast dinner


A couple were found dead by their horrified neighbours who had tried to take them a roast dinner.

The bodies of the man and woman, named locally as Colin Jackson and Shirley Jones, were tragically discovered on Easter Monday after they failed to answer their phones on Sunday.

When nobody had heard from them the next day, a neighbour called to the house in St Helens to check on them.

Shortly before 6pm on Monday Colin and Shirley, both in their 50s, were found dead, reports the Liverpool Echo.

The neighbour, who did not want to be named, told the Echo that she had made an Easter roast dinner for them couldn’t get an answer despite repeated phone calls to them on Sunday.

On Easter Monday, with her ex partner, the neighbour went round to the house and after knocking on the door and kitchen window, ventured around the back.

The back door was open and so she went inside and found the two bodies at about 5.50pm.

Both deaths are currently being treated as “unexplained” by police but an investigation is ongoing.

According the other people in the area, Shirley had lived on the street for around 25 years and had previously been in a relationship with Colin.

One neighbour said: “Shirley and Colin kept themselves to themselves.

“They were nice and would never do anyone any harm.

“It’s a massive shock to us all. “

The last time locals saw the couple was about a week ago, when they appeared to be in good spirits.

Flowers and touching notes were left outside the home after their deaths were confirmed by police.

One note said: “Shirley and Col, sadly missed”.

Another message at the scene read: “Col & Shirley sadly missed”

Well-wishers online also offered their condolences to the family.

Echo reader Elizabeth Rowson wrote: “So sad RIP x”

A spokesperson from Merseyside Police said: “We can confirm that emergency services were in St Helens following the unexplained deaths of two people found yesterday, Monday 5 April.

“At around 5.50pm, police and ambulance were called to a home on Mersey Street to a call reporting that a man and woman in their 50s had been found inside, following concerns for their safety.

“They were sadly confirmed deceased a short time later and next of kin have been made aware and are being supported by officers.

“Both deaths are being treated as unexplained as enquiries continue at the location.”