AN inquest has been opened and adjourned into the deaths of a former Rutland police officer, his wife and daughter.
Former police inspector Toby Day, 37, his wife Samantha, 38, and their six-year-old daughter Genevieve were found dead at their home in Robin Crescent, Melton Mowbray, at 4.23pm on Thursday.
An inquest was opened and adjourned today at Loughborough.
Police said post mortem examinations had been carried out but the details were not going to be released while officers await results of a full pathology report.
The couple’s two other children, Kim, 15, and Adam, 13, were injured during the incident and were taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre for treatment. They are both currently in a stable condition.
All five members of the family received stab wounds.
Prayers were said for the family at All Saints Church in Oakham last night where they were worshippers.
Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Hough, who is leading the investigation, said: “This is an extremely difficult time for the family who are struggling to come to terms with what has happened. I would like to ask that their privacy is respected at this time.
“We would still like to speak to anyone who spoke to Mr Day on the day of the incident and would also like to speak to the driver of a white van. “The van was seen in the area at the time of the incident and we believe that they may have seen something that could help with our investigation. They are not connected in any way to the incident.
“The scene preseveration has now been lifted from the house and would like to thank the community for their support throughout the investigation so far.”
Mr Day, who served at Oakham police station in the middle of the last decade, was dismissed from the force on December 1 following a misconduct hearing for misuse of internal police systems and matters concerning honesty and integrity.
The force voluntarily notified the IPCC yesterday given the tragic circumstances and the fact that the force yesterday notified Mr Day of some press interest in relation to his case.
Both teenage children, Kim and Adam, are pupils at Catmose College in Oakham and both girls were members of Trevonne Dance School and had been appearing in Mother Goose at Melton Theatre this week.
Nigel Keep, who runs Nigel’s Coffee Shop in King Street, Melton, knew Toby and the family well.
He said: “Tobias was a great character and friend and we’d got to know each other quite well over the years and I feel absolutely devastated.
“I respected him as a police officer and when he was studying for his inspector’s exams a few years ago he would come here and sit in the basement to study in peace.
“He came in most Saturdays and was here this last Saturday with Sam and the three children and her parents. He would nip across the road to where Trevonne rehearse to change Genevieve’s dance shoes between tap and ballet lessons and do up the laces for her.
“When we spoke on Saturday and I knew he was very depressed. He had just left the police after 16 years’ service and although the family had some savings he was down. He was not the upbeat Toby I knew and asked me to keep an ear out for any possible employment opportunities.
“I thought I lot of him and his family and really feel for the whole family, particularly Kim and Adam of course, but also Sam’s parents and Toby’s brother.”
Mr Day was a decorated police officer who won awards for his bravery and ran the London Marathon in memory of PC Melissa Ward, who was stabbed to death by her boyfriend in 2007.
Mr Day had served at Melton Police Station and was a co-ordinator for the international Rutland-Melton Cicle Classic race.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the incident room on 0115 967 0999 ext 8101341.