Herts pool death pair named

A man and a woman found dead in a swimming pool at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Essex have been named at an inquest in Chelmsford as Kpakia Komba, 31, from Erith in Kent, and Josephine Newahun Foday, 22, from London.

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Witnesses saw pool death pair alive 'minutes earlier'

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the deaths of two people at a luxury country hotel in Essex.

A brief hearing heard that Komba Kpakiwa, 31, from Erith in Kent, and Josephine Newahun Foday, 22, from south London were found floating face down at about 7.30pm on Saturday.

The pair were found in the swimming pool at the Down Hall Country House Hotel Credit: ITV Anglia

Attempts were made to save them, but they were unsuccessful. Essex Police said that a provisional post-mortem examination found that their deaths were consistent with drowning.

A police spokesman said the deaths were not being treated as suspicious.

Police are looking at the relationship between the man and woman, who both drowned in the pool Credit: ITV Anglia

Witnesses, including hotel guests, had seen them alive in swimming gear 15 minutes earlier.

Police are focusing on the relationship between the victims as part of their investigation.

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