Tests reveal doctor found dead next to her daughter died from pressure to the neck

A post-mortem examination has discovered that a doctor found dead next her teenage daughter died from pressure to her neck.

Dr Saman MIr Sacharvi, 49, and her young daughter Vian Mangrio, 14, were found dead by police at 8.45am on Thursday in their fire damaged house in Burnley, Lancashire. The post-mortem on Dr Sacharvi found that she had also been assaulted before her death.

Officials have yet to find the cause of Miss Mangrio’s death, although her body was badly burnt. Police who attended the scene in Colne Road, Burnley discovered their dead bodies and evidence of fire and smoke inside the property.

Although they are keeping an open mind, Lancashire Police have opened a murder inquiry. Next of kin have been informed and are being looked after by specially trained officers. Superintendent Jon Holmes, Lancashire Constabulary’s head of major crime, expressed his “deepest condolences” to the family.

He said in a statement that “This is a truly harrowing set of circumstances and my thoughts are very much with the loved ones of Dr Sacharvi and Miss Mangrio. We are now treating the investigation as a double murder inquiry and although we are still in the relatively early stages, we have a dedicated team of detectives and staff working on it”.

He finished off by saying that the team are now trying to piece together exactly what happened and appealed for anyone with information to get in contact with them.

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