Police are investigating the ‘sudden’ deaths of an elderly couple whose bodies were found in their home.
A probe has been launched into whether Norman and Margaret Waller, aged 83 and 81, took their own lives at the property in Gawsworth, Cheshire.
Officers discovered their bodies at around 10.15am on Friday morning after a receiving a report raising concerns about the couple’s welfare, CheshireLive reports.
Mr and Mrs Waller’s children have now shared their heartbreak over the tragedy.
In a statement they said: “Our hearts are broken with the loss of our dad and mum. They will be missed by us, their many cherished siblings and their friends forever. Carole, Angela, Martin and Allan.”
News of tragedy has left the village of Gawsworth shocked as Norman and Margaret were well-known and popular members of the farming community.
They had been involved in the Macclesfield Sheepdog Trials and farmed at Langley before retiring.
Norman had produced a booklet called Memories of a Country Lad with proceeds from sales going to the Alzheimer’s Society.
In the wake of his death copies have sold out.
Both were also known at Chelford Market and Facebook tributes have described Margaret as ‘lovely’ and Norman as a ‘gentleman’ who was happy to help people.
Councillor Lesley Smetham, from Gawsworth ward, said: “Everyone is very sad to have heard the news, it is a dreadful thing to have happened.
“Quite a lot has been done in the village to try and reach out to people and it is saddening we haven’t been able to reach out to everyone.
“A small, close-knit community feels this particularly keenly.”
Police confirmed officers were called to an address on Congleton Road on Friday after a report of concern for welfare of the occupants.
A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: “On arrival, officers sadly discovered the bodies of Norman Waller and Margaret Waller. Enquiries, including a Home Office Post Mortem, suggest no other people were involved in the incident.
“Formal ID has taken place and the family are being supported by specialist officers.
”A file will be prepared for the coroner on the conclusion of the investigation.”
Police do not suspect anyone else of being involved in their deaths.