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Tributes paid to woman found dead in suspected murder-suicide in Siloam Place

PUBLISHED: 15:03 09 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:36 09 August 2018

The scene around Siloam Place. [Inset] Thomas Kemp, 32, who worked at the University of Suffolk  Picture: ARCHANT/UNIVERSITY OF SUFFOLK

The scene around Siloam Place. [Inset] Thomas Kemp, 32, who worked at the University of Suffolk Picture: ARCHANT/UNIVERSITY OF SUFFOLK

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The employer of an Ipswich woman whose death is being treated as murder has spoken out about “tragic loss” of a much-loved colleague.

Siloam Place flats, where the bodies of Thomas Kemp and Katherine Kemp were discovered Picture: ARCHANTSiloam Place flats, where the bodies of Thomas Kemp and Katherine Kemp were discovered Picture: ARCHANT

Suffolk police confirmed this morning that two people who died in Ipswich had been identified as a married couple who lived at the same address.

The pair were formally identified as Katherine (Katie) Kemp, aged 31, and Thomas (Tom) Kemp, aged 32, who lived in Siloam Place in Ipswich.

The managing director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, where Ms Kemp worked as a sales systems administrator for over five years, said the news was “a great shock” to the whole team.

Paying tribute to Ms Kemp, Mike Rodwell said: “We are saddened by the tragic loss of our colleague, Katie Kemp.

Flowers laid at the scene of the double deaths at Siloam Place Picture: ARCHANTFlowers laid at the scene of the double deaths at Siloam Place Picture: ARCHANT

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with Katie’s family and friends at this very difficult time.

“Katie worked at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Ipswich for over five years, as a sales systems administrator.”

Mr Rodwell added that the company is “providing support to those colleagues who worked most closely with Katie”.

Home Office post-mortem examinations have been carried out and concluded that Katherine Kemp died as a result of multiple stab wounds. Her death is being treated as murder.

The scene around Siloam Place  Picture: ARCHANTThe scene around Siloam Place Picture: ARCHANT

Thomas Kemp was also determined to have died as a result of multiple stab wounds. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

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Detectives do not believe anyone else is involved with this incident and the investigation into the deaths continues.

Thomas Kemp, who worked as a course administrator at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich, was described by a spokesperson as “a popular colleague and friend to many”.

Tim Greenacre, registrar and secretary at the University of Suffolk, said: “The university was informed by the police this week of the death of a member of our staff, Tom Kemp.

“Tom was a course administrator at the university, and a popular colleague and friend to many. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”

Police were called by the ambulance service just after 8.50am on Monday, August 6, to reports that a man had suffered serious injuries having apparently fallen from a flat in Siloam Place.

The man was declared deceased at the scene a short while later and when officers entered the flat that the man had fallen from, they discovered the body of a woman inside.

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Suffolk police say increased patrols will continue to take place in the area to offer reassurance to local residents, but there is no threat to the wider community.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who was in the area of Siloam Place between 7am and 9am on Monday, August 6, and who may have seen, or heard, anything that could assist the inquiry.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact south CID at Landmark House on 101 quoting reference 44421/18.

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