A DETECTIVE was found dead in his home yesterday alongside his three-year-old child in what police called an “unexplained” incident.
Officers discovered the bodies of Dave Louden, 39, and the youngster after worried relatives asked them to check on the house.
DC Louden is understood to have bought the £210,000 semi-detached property last year after a relationship breakdown.
He worked for West Mercia Police and it is understood he had been in CID for several years, targeting burglary gangs and drug offenders.
Police confirmed yesterday that they had launched an investigation into the deaths at Kidderminster, West Midlands.
They refused to reveal the sex of the dead youngster.
West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was called in at 9.21am after the bodies were found.
A spokesman said: "It quickly became apparent that neither patient could be saved and they were confirmed dead at the scene."
West Mercia Police Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Jones said that the deaths were "being treated as unexplained".
She said: "Whilst the circumstances . . . are not fully known, this is clearly a tragic incident."
Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Jones added: "Our deepest condolences are with the officer’s family, friends and colleagues."
Members of the public expressed sympathy on the force’s Facebook site.
Jan Burke said: "How sad not only for the family but the officers who attended the scene.
"Thoughts and prayers for everyone."
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