A WOMAN’S body was found in the garage of a house where her partner and children were still living – more than seven weeks after she was last seen alive.
Police have launched a murder inquiry following the grim discovery on Perseverance Place, Holmfirth, on Sunday.
Officers were contacted at about 11pm on Saturday by the 30-year-old woman’s worried family, following concerns that she had not been seen since before Christmas.
After speaking with her relatives, police were preparing to launch a missing person inquiry.
But during a visit to the townhouse property on Perseverance Place on Sunday afternoon, as part of their investigations, they found the mother-of-two dead.
Detectives have arrested a man aged 28 and a 29-year-old woman on suspicion of murder.
It is understood they were at the Old Bridge Hotel, on Market Street in Holmfirth, when police turned up to speak to them, before they were formally arrested at the house.
They were still being questioned last night.
Turner Brothers recovery company, of Holmfirth, was asked to remove several cars on behalf of police as part of the investigation.
Scenes of crime officers were at the property for most of yesterday carrying out a search for evidence.
A forensic tent had been erected in front of the garage and the property was cordoned off, guarded by uniformed officers.
A post-mortem examination was being carried out on the woman to determine the cause of her death yesterday afternoon.
Holme Valley South councillor Donald Firth said: “It’s just unbelievable. You just don’t expect something like this around here.”
Neighbours said there had been suggestions the woman, who has not been named, had left her partner at around the time she disappeared.
It is understood she had two children aged under five, who continued to live at the house with their father.
Perseverance Place is a new-build estate, off Huddersfield Road between Holmfirth and Holmbridge.
Most of the properties are rented and it is understood the family at the house in question had lived there for less than a year.
Neighbours expressed their shock at the incident.
One, who did not want to be named, said: “They seemed like a lovely family, they always seemed happy.
“It’s a big shock.”
Another added: “You shouldn’t be surprised by anything in this day and age. But you see these reports on TV of things like this and you think it will never happen near you.”