Did pair make suicide pact?

TWO people found dead in a fume-filled car could have been involved in an internet suicide pact.

The bodies of Mark Searle, 37, from Caburn Way in Hailsham, and 23-year-old school teacher Jenny Marie Spain, from Deptford, were found slumped next to each other in the back of a Ford Ka, nearly 100 miles from their respective homes, in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire last Tuesday morning (February 22).

Police were called after the bodies were discovered by a woman walking her dog at around at 8.45am.

The vehicle had apparently been sealed from the inside and marked with handwritten signs indicating that it contained hazardous materials.

It is not yet clear how the 37-year-old senior staff nurse, who lived with his wife Emma, knew the single school teacher. It is believed the pair met online, before arranging the double suicide pact.

Thames Valley Police are investigating the incident.

A spokesperson for the force said, “Exactly how the two people knew each other and, if they didn’t, how they met, is being investigated at the moment and we are not able to comment on this specifically at this stage.

“It is due to the coroner to determine the cause of death and return a verdict on whether it was suicide. Having said that, Thames Valley Police do not believe the deaths are suspicious and are not looking for anyone else in connection with them.”

A cordon was put in place while the police, fire and ambulance service attended the scene and established there was no risk of contamination outside of the car.

Post-mortem examinations were carried out on Friday but the cause of the deaths was not known when the Gazette went to press.

An inquest into the deaths was opened and adjourned on February 28 by the Buckinghamshire coroner Richard Hulett.