Husband cleared over wife’s sudden death

Stephen Edwards
Stephen Edwards

Police have confirmed they are taking no action against a grieving husband who only found out his 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 in September, was initially arrested on suspicion of wounding after a speck of blood was discovered in their kitchen.

Stephen and Angela Edwards on their wedding day

Stephen and Angela Edwards on their wedding day

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, who was still on bail when he attended his wife’s funeral, described the ordeal as “the worst two weeks of my life” and now intends to lodge a formal complaint about his treatment by the police.

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

“I’m obviously relieved to now have that suspicion off my shoulders - but I knew all along that nothing was going to happen because I hadn’t done anything wrong.

Mrs Edwards, 38, 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 was subsequently 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.

Mr Edwards now lives in Peasley Cross because it was too upsetting to go back to Cromdale Grove.

A police spokesman said: “Merseyside Police can confirm that no further action is being taken against the 38-year-old local man arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of Angela Edwards.”