Father killed his two children and then himself after family split
A FATHER killed his two children and then himself after splitting up with their mother a fortnight ago, it has emerged.
Michael Pedersen, 51, who ran a transport firm, killed his son Ben, seven, and daughter Freya, six, on a day out after he separated from their mother Erica, 43.
Detectives were alerted to the deaths after a passer-by found the three bodies by the family car on a bridleway in Andover, Hants, at around 6.15pm on Sunday night.
The area was cordoned off while scenes of crime officers inspected the crime area.
Detective Superintendent Tony Harris of Hampshire Police, said: "We are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding this terrible incident and are working to establish what has led to these tragic deaths.
"We are treating this as an isolated incident and we do not believe anyone else was involved.
"The families of Michael, Ben and Freya have been informed and specialist Family Liaison Officers from Hampshire Constabulary, and officers from Surrey Police, are working with them to provide support and keep them updated as the investigation progresses.
"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those involved at this extremely difficult time and I would ask that they be allowed to come to terms with what has happened in a dignified and respectful way."
The Coroner has been informed and post mortem examinations were due to take place shortly to establish the cause of the deaths.
Nearby at the red-brick terraced family home, a school bag lay in the porch and the curtains were pulled shut.
There was no sign of the Mrs Pedersen at the neat and tidy £310,000 pounds property.
The family had lived together at the house until Michael moved to nearby Chertsey, Surrey, two weeks ago, neighbours said.
Mrs Pedersen, a driving instructor, was a company secretary of her husband's firm Highroad Logistics SE Ltd.
The pair have been married for 10 years and married in St Austell, Cornwall.
They have run a number of small businesses together.
One neighbour said: "Erica's devastated. It's just all still really new for them. I've spoken to her and she's really upset."
Relatives of the Pedersen family said Erica was too upset to speak about the devastating loss and asked to be left to grieve in peace.
Staff at the children's school, Ashford C of E primary school, were shocked to discover the children were dead.
A staff member said: "It's terrible news. They are lovely children."
By Richard Alleyne Telegraph.co.uk