Murdered family Briton taken to US embassy

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A British man whose American wife and child were found dead in their Massachusetts home at the weekend has agreed to meet officials at the US embassy in London today.

Neil Entwistle is thought to have left the US before the bodies of his wife Rachel and daughter Lillian were discovered under a pile of blankets in a bedroom at their home.

This morning Nottinghamshire Police said he had agreed to voluntarily attend the US embassy in London to speak to the American authorities in connection with the deaths.

Earlier, two plain-clothed officers were seen escorting him from his parents' home in Worksop, Notts.

Nottinghamshire Police stressed that Mr Entwistle was not under arrest.

A spokesman said: "Neil Entwistle has agreed to voluntarily attend the US Embassy in London to speak to US authorities in connection with the deaths of his wife and daughter.

"Officers from Nottinghamshire Police offered to assist Mr Entwistle by driving him to the US Embassy this morning. Mr Entwistle is not under arrest."

US police have been searching for the 27-year-old computer technician since Mrs Entwistle, also 27, and nine-month-old Lillian were found dead on Sunday night in their 2,700 dollar a month (£1,534) rented five-bedroom home in the quiet town of Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

Forensic evidence showed they were shot dead at some point between Friday morning and Saturday night.

Mr Entwistle is believed to have boarded a flight from Boston to London on Friday.

Four US detectives arrived in the UK early yesterday morning after the authorities in Massachusetts revealed they knew of Mr Entwistle's whereabouts and had been in contact with him.

Nottinghamshire Police issued a statement last night saying that Mr Entwistle was not a suspect in the double murder case and was being treated by the US authorities as a "potential witness".

District Attorney Martha Coakley, who is leading the investigation in America, also released a statement saying no one had been ruled in or out as a suspect.

"At this time, Neil Entwistle, husband of Rachel and father of Lillian, remains a person of interest in this investigation," she said.

"No one has been ruled in and no one has been ruled out as a suspect in this investigation.

"A person of interest is a person who we believe may have relevant information about the case that we are investigating."