Update: Swimming pool deaths at Down Hall Country House Hotel, Essex, are not being treated as suspicious

Two people have been found dead at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath

Two people have been found dead at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath

THE provisional results of the post mortem examinations on the man and woman who were found in the swimming pool of a hotel in Hatfield Heath on Saturday have shown that both deaths were consistent with drowning, police revealed today.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading up to their deaths but are treating the incident as non-suspicious.

A spokesman said today that further routine tests will be undertaken and a report will be prepared for the HM Coroner’s Inquest hearing.

The bodies of a man in his 30s and a woman in her 20s, both thought to be from the London area, were found underwater in the swimming pool at Down Hall Country House Hotel, in Matching Road, Hatfield Heath at about 7.35pm on Saturday.

Hotel staff and ambulance crews tried in vain to revive the man and woman but both were later pronounced dead at the scene.


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Chief Inspector Nick Lee has said that the victims were staying at the hotel together.

“As part of the investigation we are trying to focus on what the relationship was between the victims,” he said.

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“It’s a very busy hotel, there were a number of functions going on.

“At the moment we haven’t ascertained as to whether these individuals were part of any function or not.”

The body of the woman is yet to be formally identified and police have confirmed they will not be releasing the name of either the man or the woman until the inquest is officially opened.

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