Epsom College Head, Daughter, Husband Dead

Bodies of college head Emma Pattison, 45, her husband George, 39, and their daughter Lettie, were found dead. Police believe it to be an isolated incident.
Epsom College Head, Daughter, Husband Dead
By David Westley
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The head of Epsom College has been found dead at the school alongside her seven-year-old daughter and husband.

The bodies of college head Emma Pattison, 45, her husband George, 39, and their seven-year-old daughter Lettie, were found in the early hours of Sunday morning.

According to a report in The Telegraph, Surrey Police said that an investigation is being carried out to establish the circumstances of their deaths. At this stage, police said they are “confident that this is an isolated incident with no third-party involvement.”

According to the latest reports gunshots were heard before Mrs Pattison was discovered with her husband and daughter. A report by the BBC states that police believe Mrs Pattison was shot dead by her husband, before he killed their daughter and took his own life with the same gun.

Surrey Police, which is investigating, is due to give more information later today.

The school's 900 pupils were said to be "crying and terrified" at the prospect of returning to the school where there is still a significant police presence.

The school is considering and making plans to close early this week.

Epsom College, a highly prestigious day and boarding school in the UK.

Dr Alastair Wells, Chair of the Board of Governors at Epsom College, said: “On behalf of everyone at Epsom College, I want to convey our utter shock and disbelief at this tragic news. Our immediate thoughts and condolences are with Emma’s family, friends and loved ones, and to the many pupils and colleagues whose lives she enriched throughout her distinguished career."

Tributes to Mrs Pattison and her family have been received from independent schools across the country. 


Featured Photograph: John Wildgoose, Copyright 2017/epsomcollege.org

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