River death woman named by police

A woman whose body was found in a river alongside that of her partner has been named by Norfolk Police.

Annette Creegan, 49, of Mitcham, Surrey, was formally identified by officers after her body was found in the River Bure on the Norfolk Broads on Sunday.

Detectives believe she was dead before entering the water, probably as the result of strangulation.

Her partner, named locally as John Didier, died as the result of drowning. His death is not thought to be suspicious.

Police launched a search for the bodies after finding a 13-year-old girl alone on a boat after a hire company alerted police that the vessel had not been returned on time.

The formal identification of Mr Didier, an NHS worker with family links to Arkansas in the US, has been complicated by the fact he is not a UK national.

It is thought it may take at least another day to obtain dental and other records from his home country to aid identification.

Mr Didier died primarily as a result of drowning. It is thought he committed suicide and might have also used another method, such as an overdose.

The couple, both from Surrey, had been holidaying on the Norfolk Broads with the woman's 13-year-old daughter for about a week and are said to have enjoyed meals at local pubs.

Detectives are working to establish how long the girl was alone on a boat before she was found and the bodies recovered.