A murder inquiry initiated following the deaths of a 56-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man.

Police have initiated a murder inquiry regarding the demise of a 56-year-old woman discovered in her vehicle with a fatal knife wound in Pangbourne village, Berkshire.

Authorities were alerted at approximately 5.45pm on Thursday to a car accident involving a Lexus on the A340. The woman received medical assistance but passed away at the location.

About 30 minutes later, at around 6.15pm, Thames Valley police and British Transport Police officers were summoned to a railway track near Pangbourne, where an 18-year-old man was found dead. The two deaths are considered connected, according to the Thames Valley force.

Det Supt Kevin Brown, the head of their major crime unit, referred to the investigation as “complex” and stated that no additional individuals are being sought in connection with either death.

The identities of the deceased have not been disclosed, but their respective next of kin have been notified.

“We are in the early stages of this intricate investigation, but currently, we are not searching for anyone else related to these deaths,” explained Brown.

“We are still investigating but treating the deaths as linked, while keeping an open mind regarding the circumstances of each. The public is not at risk due to these unfortunate and tragic incidents.

We urge anyone with information about the deaths to contact 101 or submit a report on our website, citing reference number 43240005369.”

After causing “significant” disruptions to both road and railway networks initially, normal transportation operations have been restored, stated Brown.

He also mentioned there would be an increased police presence during the ongoing investigation and advised individuals with concerns to approach a uniformed officer.

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