A 71-year-old woman and her six-year-old grandson have been found dead in a pond, police said today.
The discoveries followed a search on land and by RAF helicopter at Holywell village, near Castle Bytham, Lincolnshire.
The alarm was raised by the boy’s mother after he went to stay with her mother and did not return home.
Police said that after the call from the boy’s mother at 9.20pm yesterday, they went to the elderly woman’s address in Castle Bytham.
No-one was there and a search began for the missing pair and the grandmother’s car.
The boy had gone to spend Wednesday night with her and they were due to return home yesterday evening.
At about 10.45pm officers found the car close to a duck pond in Holywell village near Castle Bytham.
Soon afterwards the body of a woman, thought to be in her 70s, was recovered from the pond.
Despite efforts to resuscitate her she was certified dead at the scene.
The search continued into the night for the boy and just before 4am Lincolnshire Police underwater search unit officers recovered the body of a child from the pond.
A police spokesman said: “The circumstances surrounding the deaths are being investigated and post-mortems will be carried out in due course.”
Formal identifications will not be concluded until Monday.