Fuller family quarry deaths: Father 'fell from height'

  • 19 July 2012
  • From the section England
Ceri Fuller
Image caption Post-mortem tests on Mr Fuller's body revealed he died from multiple injuries

A father who was discovered dead along with his three children at a disused quarry in Shropshire died from multiple injuries, police have said.

The bodies of Ceri Fuller, 35, his son Sam, 12, and daughters Rebecca, eight, and Charlotte, seven, from Gloucestershire, were found on Monday.

A post-mortem examination revealed Mr Fuller died "from multiple injuries consistent with falling from a height".

A church service is to be held for the three children in Shropshire on Sunday.

Formal identification of the bodies is expected to be carried out later.

On Wednesday post-mortem examinations on the children showed all three died from stab injuries. A knife was recovered from the scene.

Det Ch Insp Neil Jamieson, from West Mercia Police, said officers were continuing the murder investigation in Shropshire and at the family's home area near the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.

The bodies were discovered in an old quarry at Poles Coppice, Pontesbury Hill, near Shrewsbury, on Monday morning.

Police said they were seeking to identify the route taken by Mr Fuller in his red Land Rover Freelander after leaving home last Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

Image caption Sam and Charlotte Fuller's bodies were found along with those of their sister Rebecca and father Ceri

Mr Jamieson said: "We are continuing to check CCTV cameras for sightings of the vehicle or its four occupants along various routes and we maintain our appeal for any information which might assist the investigation.

"We are also continuing our efforts to establish Mr Fuller's link with Shropshire and in particular with the Pontesbury area."

Police searches and other work on Pontesbury Hill have now been completed and the scene has been reopened to the public.

An inquest into the four deaths is expected to open next week.

'Offer our prayers'

Meanwhile, a special service called Time of Memorial is to be held for the three children at St George's Church in Pontesbury at 17:30 BST on Sunday.

The Reverend Margaret Jones said the community wants to show their support.

Mrs Jones said: "We've also got a book of condolence and people have been lighting candles in the church.

"The community here can't understand why it's happened, it's really affected them and it's been a shock.

"We want to gather together in support of one another to show our compassion and offer our prayers to the friends and families as well as the victims themselves."

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