The bodies of a 37-year-old woman and her seven-year-old son have been found at an address in west London, days after she posted ambiguous messages on social media about her emotional state.
Registered nurse Sinead Higgins, who had retrained as a lawyer specialising in medical negligence, was found dead in The Fairways, Ruislip by police along with her son Oisin O'Driscoll. Police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.
Police forced their way into the rented property at 10.50am on Wednesday (14 December) after concerns had been raised about the welfare of the pair. Inside they found the two bodies, which have not been formally identified. A postmortem will take place at Fulham Mortuary on Friday 16 December, Sky News is reporting.
Sinead, originally from Westport in Ireland, had posted a tweet on 9 December in which she wrote "The future looks very" - and then an emoji of a tornado. In a recent Instagram post she had published a picture of herself with Oisin, with the hashtag "togetherforever".
Sinead was known to have suffered two family tragedies, losing her father in 2014 and her brother Cathal, 19, in a motorbike accident in 2004, reports The Telegraph. She was also believed to have financial difficulties and had a county court judgement for almost £3,000.
Detective inspector Dave Bolton, from the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "The investigation is at a very early stage but inquiries so far lead us to believe there is a likelihood that the tragic events that led to the deaths do not involve a third party. We are appealing to anyone who has any information to come and speak with us."
Anyone with relevant information is asked to contact the police incident room on 020 8785 8244. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.