A TALENTED dancer was stabbed by her boyfriend who then turned the knife on himself, police have said.
The bodies of Maddie Durdant-Hollamby, 22, and 41-year-old Ben Green, were found by cops at his home in Kettering, Northamptonshire, on Friday.
Cops say marketing director and dad-of-three Green killed Maddie and then himself in a shocking murder suicide.
Preliminary post-mortem reports show Maddie – who worked as a marketing executive – died of stab wounds, and Green of self-inflicted knife wounds, Northamptonshire Police have revealed.
The force says her death is being treated by detectives as murder, and no-one else is being sought in connection with the incident.
Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Joe Banfield, said: “Our investigation into the deaths of Maddie and Ben continues, and a file is being prepared for the coroner."
Both families have been informed of the findings and continue to be supported by specialist officers, he added.
Pals of her devastated parents Steve Durdant-Hollamby, 48 and Rachel, 47, have told of their concerns over "arrogant" Green's "controlling" nature and Maddie's "second thoughts about their future".
A friend told MailOnline: "Steve told us that Maddie wasn’t that happy with Ben and had spoken about ending the relationship.
"He was almost as old as Steve and Rachel and had three kids from a previous marriage and this concerned them. Any parent would be worried if their 22-year-old daughter came home with a man like this.
"Steve and Rachel are only in their 40s and so was Ben so I can understand their concerns," he continued.
Maddie and Green are believed to have begun their relationship after meeting at Alumasc Water Management Solutions, where her dad was formerly Managing Director.
Maddie and her family, from well-heeled Wimblington, Cambridgeshire, and are said to be well-respected in the area.
Dad Steve was previously president of the local Parkfield Sports Club.
One member at the club hinted the couple, who shared snaps of their luxury holidays and enjoying swanky restaurants and bars, had a toxic relationship beneath the social media facade.
He said: "Steve had said at times that Ben wasn’t right for Maddie.
"He didn’t go into much detail but hinted that he didn’t like him and found him controlling."
Any parent would be worried if their 22-year-old daughter came home with a man like this.
Another club member added: "Maddie was a lovely girl, really charming and beautiful who had a lot of love for her parents.
"They were very concerned about the age gap between her and her boyfriend and from what we’d heard, she was having second thoughts about their future together."
It is believed Steve and Rachel raised the alarm after not hearing from Maddie for a number of days, seeing officers visit Green's home before making the gruesome discovery.
She split her time between her family home and her boyfriend's place, where she increasingly spent longer periods of time.
Neighbours claimed Green paraded a "string of young girlfriends" aged between 22 and 30 in and out of his £700,000 home before he met Maddie.
The woman, who lived next door for 18 months, said: "He had at least three girlfriends. They would last about six months and then another one would appear."
She said he was "very difficult" to get to know and branded him "arrogant".
Maddie's mum Rachel paid tribute to her late daughter who had " grown her own set of wings and gone to fly with the angels."
"Baby girl… you were our world and our lives are not complete without you in it. Heaven is so lucky to have you," she wrote in a Facebook post.
In a statement issued through police, her family said they were "absolutely devastated at the loss of Maddie, our beautiful daughter, sister, granddaughter and niece".
"Our hearts are broken and we cannot begin to imagine life without her. The shock and pain we are feeling is indescribable," they said.
"She was a beautiful person both inside and out, who loved nothing more than spending time with her family and friends.
"Maddie was a kind, caring, thoughtful young woman, who touched the lives of everyone she met.
"A talented dancer, her creative talent continued through school and into her career in marketing. Her life has been sadly cut short just as her career was blossoming.
"Our thoughts are with everybody who knew and loved Maddie as much as we did."
Cops have said there was no known history of domestic abuse and friends of the couple told The Sun they had been very happy together.
How you can get help
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, where you call 999 and press ‘55’ if you can’t safely speak.
- Always keep some money or a bank card on you, including change in case you need a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to move towards an exit if you are inside the house and get your phone in case you need to call for help.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other potential weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom.
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available every day from 10am-6pm or email [email protected]
SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
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