Guests found dead at exclusive hotel

Police are investigating the deaths of two guests at the Down Hall County House Hotel near Bishop's Stortford, after a man and a woman were found underwater at the hotel's swimming pool last night.

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Hotel pays condolences to dead pair

Essex Police said that a provisional post-mortem examination into the deaths of two hotel guests found in a hotel swimming pool were consistent with drowning.

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

Chris Falcus, manager of Down Hall Hotel, said:

"We wish to reiterate our condolences to the friends and families of the lady and gentleman concerned.

Both myself and the team at the hotel are deeply upset by what has happened.

The results of the post-mortem examination have concluded that the deaths of the two people were consistent with drowning, which puts an end to inappropriate speculation about our facilities."


Swimming pool death pair named

Down Hall Country House Hotel Credit: ITV News

An inquest has named the couple who died after being found in a swimming pool at a hotel in Hatfield Heath, Essex.

They pair have been named as Komba Kpakiwa, 31, of Erith in Kent, and Josephine Foday, 22, of South London. She was at the hotel to celebrate her birthday.

The pair were seen by a hotel guest entering the pool on Saturday evening. Fifteen minutes later they were both found face down floating in the pool.

Police are not treating the deaths as suspicious. The inquest has been opened and adjourned to a date to be announced.

The coroner has said that the bodies should not be released. Post mortem results showed they had died from drowning.

Murder mystery weekend at pool death hotel

The hotel where two bodies were discovered in the swimming pool at the weekend was staging a murder mystery weekend.

The event was called off when bodies of the man and woman were discovered.

People staying at the Down Hall Country House Hotel at Hatfield Heath have been coming to terms with the tragedy.

Frankie Heritage and Jo Carter told ITV News Anglia reporter Matthew Hudson what the atmosphere was like among staff and their fellow guests.


Hotel pool to remain closed

The pool at Down Hall Country House Hotel Credit: Down Hall Country House Hotel

The hotel swimming pool in which two bodies were found will remain closed as police continue their investigation into the deaths.

The man in his 30s and the woman in her early 20s were found in the water at the Down Hall Country House Hotel at Hatfield Heath on Saturday evening.

Post-mortem examinations are being carried out to discover how they died.

Post Mortems due on guests found dead in hotel swimming pool

Post mortems are due to be carried out today, Monday 29th April, on the bodies of two guests who died in a hotel swimming pool near Bishops Stortford.

A man in his 30s and a woman in her 20s were found dead in the pool at the Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath over the weekend.

Police at the hotel where the bodies were discovered this weekend Credit: PA wire

Staff and ambulance crews tried to revive them but without success. Detectives say they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths which are being treated as unexplained.

Police confirm hotel death victims were staying together

Essex Police have said the man and woman found dead in a hotel swimming pool at Hatfield Heath were staying there together.

Chief Inspector Nick Lee confirmed police were not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

"As part of the investigation we are trying to focus on what the relationship was between the victims

"It's a very busy hotel, there were a number of functions going on.

"At the moment we haven't ascertained as to whether these individuals were part of any function or not."

– Chief Inspector Nick Lee

Hotel where bodies found is luxury hideaway

The Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath, Essex, describes itself as one of England's most established country house hotels.

Near Bishop's Stortford on the Hertfordshire and Essex border, it is 45 minutes from central London and also handy for Stansted Airport.

Dating back to 1322, the Italianate mansion offers an historic setting, with luxury interiors and ornate ceilings.

There are 110 acres of grounds. The hotel was hosting weddings, birthday parties and christenings this weekend.

The manager referred callers to the police

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