Sian Blake, 43, and her sons Zachary Bilal Kent-Blake, 8, and Amon Ben George Kent-Blake, 4, were found dead at their London home on Wednesday, January 6.
Blake and her children were last seen alive on December 13. The NSPCC anti-child abuse charity later contacted London’s Metropolitan Police on December 16 to tell them they were concerned about Blake and her two sons.
“Broadly, that information expressed concerns about Sian Blake’s health and the nature of the relationship between Sian Blake, her children and Arthur Simpson-Kent” a release from the Scotland Yard read.
Blake’s home was searched on Sunday by specialist forensic teams and police dogs, who found “areas of interest” in the garden in the rear of the property. The bodies were discovered after the police excavated the garden. The case is now being treated as a murder investigation, as preliminary autopsies showed Blake and her sons died from head and neck injuries.
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“Sadly, as part of a thorough forensic search we are carrying out at the family’s home in Erith, we recovered three bodies from the garden of the property,” Detective Superintendent Paul Monk, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said. “As yet, we have not formally identified the bodies but this is of course a significant development and Sian’s family have been informed.”
Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, Blake’s boyfriend and the boys’ father, has not been seen since he was questioned by the police on the whereabouts of Sian and their children. However, he was photographed on December 19 arriving at Kotoka International Airport in Ghana just after 9:00 p.m. local time. The police are searching for Simpson-Kent, and are asking anyone who has seen or heard from him to come forward.
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“This continues to be a fast moving investigation and our thoughts are with Sian’s family at this time,” Monk continued. “We continue to appeal for any information that could help us trace Sian’s partner Arthur Simpson-Kent. If anyone has any information about where he is or his movements since 16 December then please get in touch with us.”
Ava Blake, Sian’s sister, said that the former Eastenders soap opera star (she played the character Frankie Pierre on the soap between 1996 and 1997) had voiced her desire to leave Simpson-Kent before she went missing.
“I want him to face justice,” Ava said, according to the BBC.“It’s my nephews more than anything. My brother is angry. My cousins are angry. They are angry about Sian, but the boys have devastated us. We have lost a generation. We can never replace them.”
The police are also requesting that anyone with any information about Sian’s last movements to contact them. The Metropolitan Police has since voluntarily referred the investigation to the Independent Police Complaints Commission after a review noted potential issues with how the case was handled.
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“I would also like to ask anyone who may have seen Sian and her children, or who may have information about their movements since the last confirmed sighting on 13 December, to call us. This is now a murder investigation and as such I’d urge anyone who can help our investigation to contact us on 020 8721 4805.”
“The timeline as to what activity police did when and how will be subject to the investigation,” said a Scotland Yard spokesperson. “What we did say on the discovery of the bodies is that considerable efforts had been made to conceal the bodies, and that police had to excavate the garden.”
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