Died 21st March 2014.
Alison Taylor (41) was found dead at her home in Mulberry Walk, Maidenhead, Berkshire on 21st March 2014.
Ms Taylor’s husband Ashley Taylor (42) was arrested on suspicion of murder but was later released on bail.
Thames Valley Police have said they are continuing to treat the death as unexplained at this stage of the investigation.
Ms Taylor was a carer for her wheelchair-bound husband, whom she married in 1995. She had four children who had all left home.
Thames Valley Police were called to the house at 8.17pm on 21st March, where they found Ms Taylor’s body. A spokesperson for the force said that a post-mortem carried out on 22nd March was unable to establish a cause of death. Further toxicology tests have been requested by the pathologist.
Ms Taylor had reportedly lived at the house for seven years. She was unemployed, as was her husband.
A neighbour, Katie Allen, said of Ms Taylor: ‘She was as sweet as pie. She did everything for Ashley and she doted on her kids and grandchildren. When I spoke to her on Friday last week, she was looking forward to the birth of another grandchild. She seemed really happy and in good spirits. I just can’t get my head around what has happened.”
A resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “Nobody knows the circumstances yet. There were flowers left outside the house earlier.” She added “She wasn’t disabled but her husband was and she would look after him.”
Neighbours have been reported as saying Ms Taylor did “absolutely everything” for her husband.
A note on a bunch of flowers left outside the house read: “Alison, RIP. A beautiful woman in chains. XXX.”
Another neighbour said: “She would barely speak. When they came out of the house and I said “Hi Alison”, she would sort of mutter hello back and he would just stare at her. Something wasn’t right.” She added: “She did absolutely everything for him. He couldn’t do anything for himself. I know they were childhood sweethearts who had been together since they were 17, but they did have problems.”
An elderly neighbour who did not want to be named told the Daily Mail there were “fierce arguments that the whole street could hear”. She said: “They had lived here for a long time and Ashley seemed all right at first, but I think it was about a year ago that he started to use a wheelchair. Alison cared for him full-time. She was a tiny woman, very thin and fragile looking. They didn’t go out much and were very reclusive.”
There are other reports that Ms Taylor’s husband has been unable to walk for three years.
Note: This report was drawn from reports in the Independent and Daily Mail.