Page last updated at 12:27 GMT, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 13:27 UK

Dead man's mother's body released

Heather Wardle and James Hughes
Heather Wardle's body was found two days before her son

The body of a woman whose disabled son's remains were found in a suitcase has been released by police for burial.

Heather Wardle, 39, was found in woodland near her home in Church Hill, Redditch, Worcestershire, in April, two days before her son's body was found.

Police believe the cause of her death is hanging but the decomposed body of her son James Hughes, 22, is still being tested and has not been released.

Ms Wardle's funeral will be held at Ipsley Church, Redditch, on 8 August.

Her family said it would be a private service.

Both of the deaths are still being treated as unexplained, a police spokeswoman said.

Mr Hughes had a mental age of 18 months and needed 24-hour care.

Ms Wardle was also mother to three other children: Daniel, 17, Callum, eight, and six-year-old Luke.


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