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Millionaire and Family Go Missing

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posted on Sep, 1 2008 @ 09:33 AM
This has been in the papers and all over the news lately that a Millionaire named 'Christopher Foster' and Wife and Daughter has gone missing after the house was burnt down by some sort of arson attack.
Heres whats reporters had to say:

Sadie Gray,
Wednesday August 27 2008 12:09 BST
Article History

A millionaire and his family are missing after their country house burned down in a suspected arson attack.

It is not known if Christopher and Jillian Foster and their teenage daughter Kirsty were at home when fire broke out shortly before 5am yesterday.

Osbaston House in Maesbrook, near Oswestry, Shropshire, was so badly damaged that police and fire investigators have not yet made a full search. Fire crews took several hours to control the blaze.

Foster is understood to have made his money developing insulation technology for oil rigs. His house is said to be worth £1.2m. Friends said his finances had been affected by the credit crunch.

I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on this.


[edit on 1-9-2008 by asala]

Mod Edit: Reduced External Quote, Added Link.

[edit on 2/9/2008 by Mirthful Me]

posted on Sep, 1 2008 @ 09:42 AM
Well the updates to this story are coming in fast, so not sure you have caught up on them yet,

*Three bodies have now been found in the house,
1 - confirmed as the wife, and she died due to a gun shot to the head,

The other bodies are still to be identified, but at least one appears to be a male,

The horses had also been shot as well as the 4 dogs, this was confirmed in
An autopsy that took place.

To be honest I believe that the father has done this... Bailiffs where to turn up at the house that day and it’s believed he was in a heck of a lot of debt,

I think he decided that he would rather end it all and not them get anything, Hence the reason for killing the whole family and pets,

Sad situation and im sure more info will follow,

Link to news story

[edit on 1-9-2008 by asala]

posted on Sep, 1 2008 @ 10:12 AM
Yes i agree...thanks 4 that.

posted on Sep, 2 2008 @ 05:10 PM
It really is incredibly sad


Man 'killed family at fire house'

The family were last seen at a barbecue on Monday last week
Detectives believe a businessman killed his wife and daughter before setting fire to their mansion and then killing himself, police have said.

West Mercia Police confirmed that Christopher Foster's body had been identified after being found at Osbaston House, Maesbrook, Shropshire.

Tests are still being carried out on the third body, but it is believed to be his 15-year-old daughter Kirstie.

His wife, Jill Foster, 49, died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Det Supt Jon Groves said: "Detectives investigating the arson and murders at Osbaston House in Maesbrook in the early hours of 26 August believe Jill and Kirstie Foster were killed by Christopher Foster."

'Shot tyres'

Mr Groves said that CCTV showed a man "clearly believed to be Foster" walking from stables with a gun and moving a horsebox in front of gates at the property.

Police explain why they believe Mr Foster was responsible
He said the CCTV footage, from a camera at the property showed Mr Foster "with what appears to be a rifle in his hands".

"It also shows outbuildings going up in flames around the same time and a large horsebox being driven down the driveway, blocking the main gates to the premises.

"A man, again believed to be Mr Foster, is seen to get out of the vehicle and apparently shoot out two of the tyres."

A cause of death for Mr Foster, who was 50, has still to be established. His body was identified from dental records on Tuesday afternoon.

Police said a rifle discovered near the couple's bodies had been identified as belonging to Mr Foster.

Mr Groves added: "The location of the third body found on Sunday suggests that it is Kirstie Foster but further tests are needed on this body to confirm identity."

The bodies were found in different parts of the house

Mr Foster amassed his fortune developing insulation technology for oil rigs.

But court documents show his company, Ulva Ltd, had gone into liquidation and owed about £800,000 in tax. It also faced legal action from one of its suppliers for thousands of pounds.

Mr Groves said he had taken the decision to reveal details of the police inquiry in an attempt to end speculation which has surrounded the case, and to give early answers to the local community.

"This is a very complex and unusual case and around 100 officers and staff have been working hard to establish the circumstances leading up to the fire," he said.

Fire seat

He said the investigation itself was "far from over" and the examination of the site would continue for several days at least.

Martin Timmis, of Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, said an investigation was being carried out to find exactly how the fire was started.

"It's clear from what we have seen with the aerial footage that there is likely to have been more than one seat of fire," he said.

Farrier Ian Coe, who fitted shoes to the family's horses, remembered Mr Foster differently.

"I've seen and read in the papers and on the news and it's a different family, a different person, to the one I knew," he said.

"It doesn't add up at all. You take people as you find them and the people I knew and met are not the same ones that I'm reading about.

"They loved the life, the horses, the dogs - Jill, Chris and Kirstie - that was their life."

Mr Coe described the family as "very friendly, very bubbly, outgoing, a pleasure to be around".

Money really does seem to be the route of evil

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