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Missing father 'on Bangkok plane'
Uzma Rahan, Abbas Arshad, Adam Arshad and Henna Arshad
Neighbours had raised concerns about the family
Police have said a man they want to find following the murder of his wife and three children left the UK on a flight to Thailand four weeks ago.

Greater Manchester Police said on Friday that Rahan Arshad, 36, could now be "anywhere in the world".

His wife Uzma Rahan, 32, and children Adam, 11, Abbas, eight, and Henna, six, were found dead at their home in Cheadle Hulme, Greater Manchester.

A man, aged 40 and a woman, aged 35, have been bailed until 26 October.

The four bodies were found at the family home in Turves Road, Cheadle Hulme, on Sunday, after neighbours raised concerns.

Uzma Rahan and her three children had all died from head injuries. Police believe their bodies could have been in the house for up to four weeks.

Rahan Arshad, pic courtesy of GMP
Rahan Arshad's BMW was found at Heathrow's terminal three

Det Supt Martin Bottomley, from Greater Manchester Police, said: "We are concerned for the welfare of Rahan Arshad and are actively looking for him.

"We are unaware of any contact he may have made with any family member since late July and I now know that he left the UK via Terminal Three at Heathrow airport on 29 July, bound for Bangkok in Thailand.

"We are liaising with our police colleagues in Thailand via Interpol to help us to trace his onward movements.

"Of course, that is now four weeks ago and he could be anywhere in the world by now.

"I would ask that anyone who has seen him or been in contact with him since 29 July to contact the incident room or any police officer immediately."

House at Turves Road, Cheadle Hulme
Neighbours had raised concerns about the family

In a statement, the family of Uzma Rahan said she was a "loving, caring and devoted mother".

"We have lost a very special family member," they said.

"Adam, Abbas and Henna were gorgeous, intelligent and well-mannered little children.

"Thinking of our four family members being murdered so violently is beyond belief."

Brother's plea

Rahan Arshad's brother Raswan said: "We as a family are grieving for their loss, and their mother Uzma.

"We can deeply understand and feel the pain and grief that Uzma's family must be going through."

And he said to his brother: "It is absolutely paramount that you come forward at this moment in time to assist the police with their inquiries. If not for yourself, do it for us, your father, sisters and me."

The man and the woman questioned in connection with the deaths were released on police bail on Friday night.


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