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Murder Investigation Launched As Three Bodies Found In Search For Former "EastEnders" Actress

Police said on Tuesday afternoon that the bodies were found as they searched the home of Sian Blake and her two children, who had not been seen since 13 December.

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Police made the discovery while searching the family's home in Erith, southeast London.

Detective Superintendent Paul Monk, from the Met's homicide and major crime command, said: "Sadly, as part of a thorough forensic search we are carrying out at the family's home in Erith, we recovered three bodies from the garden of the property.

"As yet, we have not formally identified the bodies but this is of course a significant development and Sian's family have been informed.

"This continues to be a fast-moving investigation and our thoughts are with Sian's family at this time."

Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of Blake's partner, Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, the father of the boys. He hasn't been seen since 16 December, when police visited him at home.

Blake and the children were reported missing after police visited Simpson-Kent.

Blake's silver Renault Scenic car was found in Bethnal Green, east London, on Sunday 3 January.

Blake and her sons, Zachary, 8, and Amon, 4, were last seen on 13 December when they visited family together in the Leyton area of east London.

Earlier, while appealing for information on Blake's whereabouts, police said Blake suffered from a "life-threatening condition" – neighbours told reporters she had motor neurone disease – and officers were concerned over her access to her regular medication.

Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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