I found out my wife was dead when I was arrested for her murder

Stephen Edwards
Stephen Edwards

A grieving husband has told how he only learned his missing wife was dead when he was arrested on suspicion of her murder. Stephen Edwards, who had reported his wife, Angela, missing from their Cromdale Grove home in Parr, says he was initially arrested on suspicion of wounding after a speck of blood was discovered in their kitchen.

But he only discovered that police had found his wife’s body in woodland just 200 yards from their home when detectives told him he was 
being held on suspicion of murder.

Mr Edwards, 37, who was his wife’s carer, has since been released on bail pending further inquiries and will remain on bail at her funeral this Friday (October 3).

He said: “It’s been the worst two weeks of my life. I was initially held in custody on suspicion of wounding and only found out that my wife’s body had been found when they then arrested me on suspicion of murder. I’m still in shock.

“In the space of two days I lost my wife, my life fell apart and I found myself locked in a cell. It’s been awful - it’s the kind of thing you never think is going to happen to you.

“I couldn’t have got through the last two weeks if it wasn’t for the support I’ve received from friends and family. Angie’s family have been great too.”

Mrs Edwards, 38, who was unable to work after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and a slipped disc in her back, was reported missing on Friday, September 19.

Her body was then discovered in undergrowth in fields off Fleet Lane - known locally as Sutton Brook - at about 3pm the following day. A floral tribute has since been created close to where her body was found.

She had married Mr Edwards six years ago and the couple had seven children between them - all from previous relationships.

At this stage, her cause of death has not been formally identified as police await the result of toxicology reports.

Mr Edwards added: “Although Angie would sometimes go on walkabout when she felt low, she never went far. She had a slipped disc in her back too which limited her mobility and had caused her to become depressed.

“At other times she was a laugh-a-minute though and she loved music, singing and dancing. She loved going to karaoke nights with her friend Juliette.”

Angela Edwards’ funeral is set to be held at St Vincent De Paul Roman Catholic Church on Derbyshire Hill Road at 2pm this Friday (October 3).