Heartbroken family pay tribute to detective, 39, found dead next to son, 3

The heartbroken family of a detective found dead alongside his three-year-old son in his home are paying tribute to the "amazing" officer.

The bodies of Dave Louden, 39, and his young son Harrison were discovered in Kidderminster, West Midlands on Friday by police after relatives asked officers to check on the house.

Since the tragic discovery, the family of the West Mercia police officer have paid tribute to the "kind, loving, considerate, amazing father, husband, son, brother, uncle, friend and colleague."

They described the three-year-old as a "happy, well-loved little boy".

The deaths are being treated as unexplained.

DC Louden is thought to have purchased the £210,000 semi-detached property last year after a relationship breakdown.

He worked for West Mercia Police, and had been with CID for several years, targeting burglary gangs and drug offenders.

Police confirmed yesterday that they had launched an investigation into the deaths.

Initially, they refused to reveal the gender of the dead child.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service said it was called in at 9.21am after the bodies were found.

A spokesperson said: "It quickly became apparent that neither patient could be saved and they were confirmed dead at the scene."

West Mercia Police Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Jones said that the deaths were "being treated as unexplained".

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She said: "Whilst the circumstances . . . are not fully known, this is clearly a tragic incident."

Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Jones added: "Our deepest condolences are with the officer’s family, friends and colleagues."

Members of the public took to the police force's Facebook page to express their sympathy.

Jan Burke said: "How sad not only for the family but the officers who attended the scene.

"Thoughts and prayers for everyone."

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