Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Two abducted children from Hampshire found dead in Turkey

Mira and Yaanis Mellersh
Image caption Mira and Yaanis Mellersh grew up in the New Forest before moving to Germany with their parents

Two children from Hampshire have been discovered dead in Turkey.

The bodies of Yaanis Mellersh, eight, and Mira, six, and their German mother Elke Mellersh, 45, were found in the town of Soke on Friday.

The children were supposed to be in the custody of their father, Justin Mellersh, 46, in Germany. His family live near Lyndhurst in the New Forest.

They were reported missing in 2010 and their mother was wanted on suspicion of child abduction in Germany.

A police spokeswoman said she went missing from her home in Germany nearly two years ago and had been wanted ever since by the German police.

Consular advice

The investigation is being led by Turkish police but the Hampshire force is helping the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by talking to the Mellersh family in Hampshire.

"Specially trained family liaison officers are supporting the family and offering their assistance at this difficult time," the spokeswoman said.

The bodies of the children and their mother were found in a farmhouse in Soke.

The Foreign Office said it had been made aware of the deaths of two British nationals on Saturday.

The two children grew up in the New Forest before moving to Germany with their parents.

Yaanis and Mira were last seen at Hepstedt near Bremen in Germany in February 2010.

Authorities in Turkey are investigating the deaths and the Foreign Office said it was providing consular advice.

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