Police investigating body of mother found decomposing in her flat

Forensic teams investigating body of mother found decomposing in her flat

Body of mother is found decomposing in flat with boyfriend floating dead in bathtub upstairs after neighbours complained of ‘terrible smell’

  • Melissa Bond and Danny Smith found dead in Hertfordshire apartment, on Friday
  • Sean Berryman was the first in the flat after neighbours were alarmed by smell 
  • Ms Bond’s body was decomposing while Mr Smith was dead in a bathtub 
  • ‘At this stage their deaths are being treated as unexplained’ detectives say

A mother’s body was found decomposing in her Hertfordshire flat while her boyfriend was found dead upstairs, floating in their bath. 

Forensic teams are investigating the deaths of Melissa Bond and Danny Smith after police were called to her flat in Cheshunt at 7pm on Friday.  

Sean Berryman was the first in the flat after neighbours were alarmed by a ‘terrible smell’ and said he saw Mr Smith face-down in a full bathtub before leaving in horror. 

Sean Berryman was the first in the flat after neighbours were alarmed by a ‘terrible smell’ and said he saw Mr Smith face-down in a full bathtub before leaving in horror

The 53-year-old, who thought it was ‘strange’ he had not seen best friend Melissa in five days, told the said he ‘just knew’ she was also dead in the flat. 

‘Last Sunday morning she had just come in for a little bit and I went out for a bike ride and that was it, I didn’t see her again,’ he said of Ms Bond, who had a key to his flat.


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‘A neighbour told me there was a terrible smell coming from the flat on Friday. I went banging and shouting by the letter box. 

‘I shouted and shouted and the smell was really strong, there were flies by the kitchen, I shouted through the letter box but I couldn’t see anything. 


Sean Berryman (pictured) was the first in the flat after neighbours were alarmed by a ‘terrible smell’ and said he saw Mr Smith face-down in a full bathtub before leaving in horror. Mr Berryman is pictured holding a photograph of himself with Ms Bond

‘I pulled the handle down while I was pulling myself up and the door opened and that’s when I saw him floating in the bath. 

‘I knew she was in there and I came out screaming. Then I called the police and that’s when they said there were two bodies. 

‘I didn’t see her until they took her out in the bag, they were put in the same car together. The decomposing smell was just dreadful.’ 

Police believe this was an ‘isolated incident’ and officers are not looking for anyone else in connection to their deaths. 

Police believe this was an ‘isolated incident’ and officers are not looking for anyone else in connection to their deaths

Mr Berryman claims a police officer told him Melissa had been ‘stabbed to death’ and a neighbour had said a cover of some kind had been used possibly in an attempt to ‘hide’ her body.

The couple, who Sean says had met on dating website Plenty Of Fish two years ago, were heard arguing by neighbours last Sunday, just hours after she had visited her best friend. 

Around six neighbours in total had gathered outside the flat while Sean tried to call on the residents inside. 

A spokeswoman from Hertfordshire Constabulary said: ‘At around 7pm on Friday, August 31, police were called to an address in Newnham Parade, Cheshunt, following a report of concern for welfare. 

A spokeswoman from Hertfordshire Constabulary said: ‘At this stage their deaths are being treated as unexplained. ‘Detectives from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit are investigating the circumstances of the incident’

‘Officers gained entry to the property and sadly found two deceased people – a man and a woman – inside the address. 

‘The man, believed to be aged in his 50s, and the woman, believed to be in her 40s, are thought to be known to each other. ‘

At this stage their deaths are being treated as unexplained. ‘Detectives from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit are investigating the circumstances of the incident. 

‘It is still early in the investigation but it is currently believed this was an isolated incident and officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with it at this time.’

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