Post-Mortem Tests Due On Bodies Found At Home Of Ex-Eastenders Actress Sian Blake, 43
Post-mortem examinations will take place later on three bodies found in the south-east London garden of a missing ex-EastEnders actress.
Sian Blake, 43, and her two sons aged four and eight, have not been seen at their Erith home since 13 December.
Her partner Arthur Simpson-Kent raised the alarm, but disappeared three days later and is being sought “urgently”.
The Met is being investigated over why it took three weeks for the, as yet unidentified, bodies to be found.
Its Directorate of Professional Standards is working with the team to “fully understand the timeline of police interaction with the family”.
Ms Blake, who had motor neurone disease, played Frankie Pierre in the soap between 1996 and 1997.
The actress, whose character broke up the marriage of Alan and Carol Jackson, was last seen with sons Zachary, eight, and Amon, four, in Walthamstow.
Her car was found on 3 January in Calvert Avenue, Bethnal Green but it is not yet known how it got there.
Det Supt Paul Monk said: “It’s too early to speculate. Our efforts are continuing to find Arthur Simpson-Kent… we do need to speak to him as a matter of urgency.”
Mr Simpson-Kent, 48, is the father of the two children.
A 30-year-old neighbour, who did not give her name, said: “She was a lovely, caring lady. I was hoping she was just hiding away to have her last Christmas. I wish I had been a better neighbour. I’m devastated.”
A family member had reported the three missing on 16 December, and two days later a missing persons inquiry was launched, but not classed as high risk.
The same day officers returned to the house, and forced their way in when there was no answer. On 4 January the homicide team took over.
As well as EastEnders, Ms Blake also appeared in the 1998 film Siberia and TV movie May 33rd in 2004 under her stage name Syan Blake, according to her IMDB profile.