LONDON: Lady Lucan, whose husband sparked an international manhunt after disappearing more than four decades ago, has been found dead at home.
Police forced entry to the 80-year-old’s home in Westminster on Tuesday afternoon after she was reported missing and found her unresponsive.
‘Police attended an address on Eaton Row in Westminster … following concerns for the welfare of an elderly occupant. Officers forced entry and found an 80-year-old woman unresponsive’, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.
‘Police and London Ambulance Service attended. Although we await formal identification we are confident that the deceased is Lady Lucan.’
Her son George Bingham, the 8th Earl Lucan, told the Daily Mail: ‘She passed away yesterday at home, alone and apparently peacefully. Police were alerted by a companion to a three-day absence and made entry today.’
Lady Lucan was one of the last people to see her husband, John Bingham, the 7th Earl of Lucan, before his notorious disappearance in November 1974.
He vanished after the body of Sandra Rivett, nanny to his three children, was found dead at the family home at 46 Lower Belgrave Street, central London, on November 7 1974.
Despite being officially declared dead by the Home Office in 1999, Lord Lucan has reportedly been spotted in Australia, Ireland, South Africa, and New Zealand.
There are also claims that he may have fled to India and lived life as a hippy called ‘Jungly Barry’.
On the same night at Lucan’s disappearance, Rivett’s attacker also turned on Lady Lucan, beating her severely before she managed to escape and raise the alarm at a nearby pub, the Plumbers Arms.
Lucan’s car was later found abandoned and soaked in blood in Newhaven, East Sussex, and an inquest jury declared the wealthy peer the killer a year later.