A haunting photograph shows a mum-of-two who was found dead in her home posing with her alleged killer.
Becci Rees-Hughes and her partner Ben Crosby smiled for the camera, with neighbours describing the couple as a “quiet family” that never caused a disturbance.
But police discovered the physics student’s body at her property on Samman Road, East Yorkshire, in the early hours of Monday (July 25).
Less than an hour later, at 6.30am, her massage therapist boyfriend died in a car crash near Hornsea following a short car chase by police after taking off in a Volkswagen Polo, Hull Live reports.
Humberside Police have confirmed they are treating Becci’s death as murder and an independent investigation by police watchdog IPOC has also been launched into the crash that killed Crosby and seriously injured an innocent van driver.
Neighbours of the couple were shocked to hear that the “normal” family had died as they said the pair were “quiet” and didn’t cause trouble.
Crosby who is suspected of murder, worked as a massage therapist and ran his own clinic called Alleviate Massage.
Becci studied physics at the University of Hull where she achieved top grades and had worked at Boyes retail store.
A former colleague described the mum-of-two boys as “the life and soul of the party” in a tribute on social media.
Melissa wrote: “So shocking and absolutely devastating. Becci was always the life and soul of the party and we always had such a laugh when we were on shift together at Boyes.
“Always changing her hair to every colour of the rainbow. Such a lovely girl. My thoughts and love go out to her family and her children.”
As well as work friends, the physics student’s professor Brad Gibson also left a heartfelt message on Facebook of how she had a passion for equality and diversity.
He wrote: “The passion was only matched by the passion that shone through when she was talking about her kids. It is those kids who have filled my thoughts.”
Neighbours confirmed Crosby stayed in the same home where Becci’s body was discovered by police on Monday morning at around 6am.
He is suspected of killing Becci in the early hours of Monday before speeding off.
After a short police chase, his car crashed into a Ford Transit van on the outskirts of Hornsea on the A1035.
He died at the scene and the driver of the Ford van suffered serious injuries, reported at the time to be potentially life-changing.
The driver of the van has not been named by police and it’s not yet known if he has left the hospital or is still being treated for his injuries.
On Tuesday, police explained in a statement: “As there was a police pursuit, the incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) to be independently reviewed.”
Becci was named as the victim by her family the next day. Humberside Police did not name Crosby as a suspect but confirmed they are not looking for anyone else in connection with Becci’s death.
In a statement on Wednesday, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Curtis, who is leading the investigation, said: “Our thoughts are with Becci’s family at this very difficult time.
“Whilst our investigations are continuing into Becci’s murder, at this time, we do not believe we are looking for anyone else in connection with her death. A post-mortem examination will be carried out to establish the cause of death in the coming days.”
Anyone who can help with the police’s investigation and has not yet come forward is asked to call the non-emergency number 101 quoting log 66 of 25 July 2022.
Alternatively, to give information anonymously, they are asked to call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.