Debbie and Oliver Ruse formally identified as man and woman found dead in Long Melford and Bury St Edmunds

Oliver Ruse is pictured at Ruse & Son butcher's in Long Melford in 2009.

Oliver Ruse is pictured at Ruse & Son butcher's in Long Melford in 2009.

The Bury St Edmunds man and Long Melford woman who died on Thursday have been formally identified as Oliver Ruse and his wife Deborah Ruse.

Mr Ruse, 37, of Ruse and Sons Butcher’s, in Long Melford, fell from the multi-storey car park on Parkway, Bury St Edmunds.

Investigations into his death led police to Park Terrace, in Little St Mary’s, Long Melford, where they found the body of Deborah, 39, known as Debbie locally.

The couple, who were living apart at the time, have four children aged six to 11.

Police confirmed are treating the death of Debbie as suspicious, whilst the death of Mr Ruse is being treated as unexplained.


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Debbie Ruse, orignally from Zambia, was found in long Melford shortly after 2.40pm on the Thursda and a police cordon remains in place at the address in Park Terrace.

Police are carrying out further investigations in to the cause of death.

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If you saw anything in either Long Melford or Bury St Edmunds, or have any information that you believe could help police with their enquiries, please contact the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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