London police find bodies in hunt for missing 'EastEnders' actress and sons
Police searching for a former EastEnders actress and her two children say they have found three bodies at their London home.
Sian Blake, 43, and her sons Zachary, 8, and Amon, 4, were last seen on December 13.
Metropolitan Police said on Tuesday that the bodies were discovered in the yard of the family's house in southeast London.
The force said its missing persons probe is now a murder inquiry.
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They were seeking Blake's partner, Arthur Simpson-Kent, who disappeared after speaking to detectives on December 16.
Detective Superintendent Paul Monk told media the bodies hadn't yet been identified, but it was a "significant development".
Blake and her sons were last seen when they visited family in east London on December 13.
Simpson-Kent, 48, spoke to police on December 16, but had since disappeared and was deemed a "high-risk missing person", The Guardian reported.
A neighbour told the newspaper Blake was "a happy woman".
"I used to see her and her kids playing in the garden. I never saw the man," she said.
"But in November she started wearing dark glasses and didn't say 'hello', and we wondered if she had been beaten up."
After she disappeared, police said they had concerns she was not receiving medical care for a "a serious life-threatening condition".
Blake's car was found 24 kilometres away from the family's home on Sunday, but police were yet to ascertain who had driven it there.
Blake appeared in EastEnders in 1996-97 as the divisive character Frankie Pierre, a singer who seduced married men.
She quit the show, citing a public backlash against her character, before going on to roles in other British TV dramas, including Skins.
- Stuff and AP