Pair found dead at the bottom of the White Cliffs of Dover had reportedly taken their 'mother's ashes' with them
Two twins found dead at the bottom of the White Cliffs of Dover on New Year’s Day may have been involved in a suicide pact, a source close to the pair’s family have suggested.
Muriel and Bernard Burgess (59) of Elton, Chester, were yesterday identified by Kent Police as the two bodies found at the bottom of the White Cliffs two weeks ago, after they were last seen travelling from London to Dover on Boxing Day.
Whilst a spokesman for Kent Police said that the pair’s deaths were not being treated as suspicious, last night a neighbour claimed that the pair had been found with an urn containing their late mother’s ashes.
Speaking next door to the twins’ former family home in Deeside, Cheshire, the man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “Someone told me they were found with her ashes but it’s not clear whether they slipped and fell as they tried to scatter them or whether they jumped holding them – wanting to be all together at the end.”
Kent Police are still attempting to trace the last movements of the twins before their death, and are appealing to guest houses, B&Bs, hotels, pubs and tax drivers who may have been in contact with them over the Christmas period.
They were last seen wearing dark-coloured wet weather clothing and may have been spotted on top of the cliffs between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
While police refused to confirm whether an urn had been found at the scene, another neighbour said that their mother, also named Muriel, had died earlier last year, aged 84.
The twins – both aged 59 – had lived together in a modern semi-detached property in Deeside, on the north Wales border, until their mother’s death.
They are understood to have moved there in the 1980s with their parents but their father, who is said to have worked in Saudi Arabia, died soon afterwards.
“They were very quiet and never married. They kept themselves to themselves,” the neighbour said.
“Even when they moved house there was no board outside. We just realised one day that they had gone. I believe they moved to a house which their mother owned in Elton.”
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