POLICE are hunting a man wanted in connection with the double murder of a British grandmother and daughter who is believed to be heading to Spain.
The bodies of Angela Holgate, 54, and her mother, Alice Huyton, 75, were found by Holgate’s son-in-law in her home near Southport, Merseyside, on Saturday evening.
Now an international manhunt has been launched for lodger Barry Morrow, 51, who was spotted in Calais just hours after the bodies were discovered after allegedly driving there in Holgate’s white Citroen.
It is thought the fugitive could now be heading for Spain.
Indeed Morrow – who it has been confirmed was ‘known to the police’ – has family connections in Spain, and police are working with Interpol and Spanish police to trace him.
Ch Supt Nikki Holland, area commander for Sefton, said: “We are trying to piece together the women’s last movements. We are keen to trace Mr Morrow, who we believe may have vital information for this investigation.
“We want him to return to England to speak to us and tell us everything he knows.”
Post-mortem examinations confirmed that both victims died from asphyxiation but indications show Holgate – who had two daughters, aged 34 and 28 – was killed earlier and may have lain undiscovered for up to a week.
Moreover an unknown person contacted the Tesco store where she worked informing colleagues she would be absent – apparently due to illness.
Police have not officially confirmed who made this call, but there are strong suspicions it could have been trained engineer Morrow.
Morrow is described as white, 5ft 7in, of medium to stocky build, with straight, receding short brown hair, and blue eyes.
Witnesses or anyone with information should call detectives on 0151 777 3165 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.