Authorities question British man in slaying of wife, infant daughter |

Authorities question British man in slaying of wife, infant daughter

BOSTON – Police searched the home where a mother and her infant daughter were found shot to death a day before their bodies were discovered, but did not see anything wrong, authorities said Friday.The new details were released as police questioned Neil Entwistle, the British husband and father of the victims in London. Police said they drove Entwistle, 27, to the U.S. embassy for the interview, but he was not under arrest.The bodies of Rachel Entwistle, also 27, and her 9-month-old daughter, Lillian, were found Sunday in a bed in the couple’s home in the Boston suburb of Hopkinton.Massachusetts officials have called Neil Entwistle a “person of interest” in the case. He left the United States for Britain around the time of the deaths and had gone to his family home in Worksop in central England.Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley disclosed Friday that police initially went to the Entwistle home in Hopkinton on Jan. 21 after friends showed up for a dinner party and no one answered the door. Rachel Entwistle’s mother also called police to report she had been unable to reach her daughter.Police looked in the upstairs bedroom where the bodies were later found but initially found nothing. The bed was in disarray, with several layers of thick bedding and pillows, but officer concluded only that it had not been made, Coakley said.The next day, the couple’s friends and family members looked around the house, including in the bedroom, but did not see any signs of injury or foul play, Coakley said.They then filed a missing person’s report, prompting police to visit the home a second time. During a second search, police detected an odor and discovered the bodies in the bedroom.Coakley has said the bodies were covered by bedding and “almost not visible.”Emily LaGrassa, a spokeswoman for Coakley, said investigators believe it’s likely the bodies were in the house the entire time. Hopkinton police would not comment on their initial search of the home and referred all questions to the district attorney’s office.The Entwistles began renting the home just 10 days before the bodies were found.The couple met while Rachel was studying abroad in England, and they had been married for three years. Neil Entwistle was looking for a job in the technology field; his wife was an unemployed teacher.Vail, Colorado

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