Family ‘in dark’ about sudden deaths of ‘lovely’ mum and partner

A mum-of-three found dead in a St Helens house alongside her on-off boyfriend in a double tragedy was looking forward to becoming a great-gran for the first time.

The family of Shirley Jones today paid tribute to the 55-year-old who was discovered on Easter Monday, together with Colin Jackson.

The couple were found by a neighbour who had made a roast dinner for them on Sunday, but after not managing to contact them after repeated phone calls, called at the Mersey Street terraced house in Parr.

Mrs Jones was discovered on the floor in the bedroom while Mr Jackson was on the sofa in the living room.

This afternoon, her daughter Lisa-Jane described her mum as a “lovely person who kept herself to herself.”

The Widnes woman told the ECHO: “She was a full-time mum, one of three, I used to live at the bottom of the street growing up, and then when we grew up and moved away, she went to the house at the top of the street, where she was with Colin.

The scene on Mersey Street, Parr, St Helens where a man and a woman where found dead at the property.
The scene on Mersey Street, Parr, St Helens where a man and a woman where found dead at the property.
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“We’re still in shock, we hadn’t seen her for a while because of Covid.

“Mum loved music and was an animal lover, she was a dog lover but hadn’t had one after her last passed away, she didn’t have the heart to get another.

“She would usually spend time with friends.

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“We still don’t know what happened or how her and Colin died, we’ve just been told there’ll be an inquest.

“I got a police officer turning up at my house just an hour or so after they were found.

“Mum was about to become a great grandparent in August, and she had seven grandchildren.

The scene on Mersey Street, Parr, St Helens where a man and a woman where found dead at the property.
The scene on Mersey Street, Parr, St Helens where a man and a woman where found dead at the property.
(Image: Liverpool Echo)

“It’s really awful what’s happened, 55 is no age.

“But we’re all in the dark about what happened.

“Mum was a lovely person.”

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Yesterday, police said they were not treating the incident as suspicious.

Post mortem examinations have been carried out but the results are being withheld pending the results of further tests.

The cause of death will be known in forthcoming weeks.

The concerned neighbour initially was banging on the front door and kitchen window, but getting no answer, went round to the back, and went in through the unlocked rear door.

The scene on Mersey Street, Parr, St Helens where a man and a woman where found dead at the property.
The scene on Mersey Street, Parr, St Helens where a man and a woman where found dead at the property.
(Image: Liverpool Echo)

There were no obvious injuries on either of them.

Shirley, residents said, had lived on the street for around 25 years and had previously been in a relationship with Colin but not at the present time.

He would live at the house occasionally.

Flowers left at the front gate have mounted since the tragic news was confirmed on Tuesday.

One said: “To dad, rest in paradise, love you endlessly, Gemma.”

In a statement on Tuesday, Merseyside Police said: “We can confirm that emergency services were in St Helens following the unexplained deaths of two people found yesterday, Monday 5 April.

“At around 5.50pm, police and ambulance were called to a home on Mersey Street to a call reporting that a man and woman in their 50s had been found inside, following concerns for their safety.

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“They were sadly confirmed deceased a short time later and next of kin have been made aware and are being supported by officers.

“Both deaths are being treated as unexplained as enquiries continue at the location.”

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