Police fear missing wife is dead

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Detectives trying to identify cremated human remains found in the boot of a car after businessman Derek Levon shot himself were yesterday examining a burned area near his farm. Experts were trying to establish whether the ashes and bone fragments found in a tin box were the remains of Mr Levon's wife, Pauline, who had cancer.

Mr Levon, 61, shot himself in front of police in a car at his farm near Witheridge, Devon, last Friday, hours after his house in Silverton 10 miles away, was destroyed by fire.

Det Supt John Smith told a news conference in Exeter yesterday that the police would like to hear from anyone who saw smoke or fires in the area of the farm since Saturday 21 December, when Mrs Levon, also in her sixties, was last seen.