Troedyrhiw deaths: Joanne Thomas was 'loving and caring'

  • 5 July 2013
  • From the section Wales
Joanne Thomas
Image caption Joanne Thomas was found dead at her home on Wednesday afternoon

The family of a mother found dead with her four-month-old daughter have described her as "a bubbly, sociable and kind hearted person".

The bodies of Joanne Thomas, 27, and her daughter Harper were found at a house in the village of Troedyrhiw, Merthyr Tydfil, on Wednesday.

South Wales Police is examining a number of lines of inquiry into the cause of the "unexplained" deaths.

They believe the pair had been dead for "some time".

Officers have said they do not believe carbon monoxide played a part. They are awaiting the results of a Home Office post mortem examination.

Church Street remains cordoned off and the police investigation, including house-to-house inquiries, is continuing.

Ms Thomas's family issued a short tribute via South Wales Police.

They said: "She was a loving and caring mother to her children. Joanne and baby Harper will be sorely missed by all her family and friends."

Neighbours said they had not seen Ms Thomas for several weeks and that washing was still on a clothes line outside her house.

Image caption Joanne Thomas, 27, and four-month-old Harper had not been seen for weeks

The mother and her baby were only found after social services arrived at a house in Church Street, owned by Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association, and could not get an answer at the door.

Police are also appealing for the community to come forward with any information about the deaths.

Det Supt Paul Hurley of South Wales Police said: "I'd like to thank the local community for their co-operation so far and my appeal to them continues.

"We are still keen to hear from anyone who may have seen Joanne and baby Harper in the past few weeks to come forward.

"The family have released a picture of Joanne so that may help people recall seeing her."

Flowers have been laid outside the house and neighbours have paid tribute to Ms Thomas.

They said that although she had lived at the property for a few months, when they spoke to her she was always pleasant.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room which has been set up at Cardiff Central Police Station on 029 2052 7303, South Wales Police's 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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