Norfolk Broads deaths: Woman was strangled, tests show

River Bure, Norfolk Broads
Image caption Part of the river was closed from early on Sunday while a search took place

A woman whose body was found in a Norfolk river was probably strangled before she ended up in the water, it has emerged.

Police are investigating the deaths of the woman and her partner after they were found by divers on Sunday between Salhouse Broad and Wroxham Broad.

The pair, thought to be in their 40s, were on a boating holiday from their home in Surrey, police have said.

The woman's 13-year-old daughter was found on the hire boat alone.

Police were alerted on Saturday after the vessel the three had been on failed to return to the boatyard as planned.

The couple's bodies were found dead close to where the boat had been tied to a tree on the River Bure.

The woman's death is being treated as suspicious by officers from Norfolk and Suffolk major investigation team.

Drowning likely

Post-mortem examinations carried out at the James Paget Hospital showed that the woman died before entering the water.

Police say it is "likely that the cause of death was strangulation".

Image caption The vessel is still being examined by police

The man is believed to have drowned. His death was not suspicious, police said.

Police are still examining the boat for evidence of what happened.

Det Supt Jes Fry said police were not looking for anybody else in connection with the deaths.

Police expect to formally identify the man on Tuesday.

Formal identification of the woman, police say, could take two days.

The woman's teenage daughter is currently being comforted by relatives.

The case has been referred to the coroner.

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