First picture of mother of four, 32, who was found stabbed to death in her home


This is the first picture of a mother of four who was found dead in her home after she failed to pick up her children from school.

Avan Najmadeen, 32, was pronounced dead after being found with multiple stab wounds on Monday.

A police investigation has been launched and a 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder earlier this week. 

Staffordshire Police said two further men, from Wigan and Liverpool, have now been detained in connection with the death. 

Teachers became concerned when Ms Najmadeen didn’t arrive to collect her children from school, the Sun reported.

Minutes later, police reportedly forced their way into the home she shared with her four sons, believed to be between four and 11 years old.

Neighbours said the family had only moved into the three-bedroom semi-detached house two months ago.

Magistrates granted police a further 36 hours to detain the first arrested man from Wigan who was detained on Wednesday.

Detectives are now appealing for anyone with dashcam footage from around Glebedale Road in Fenton on Monday, October 1 to come forward.

They are also keen to hear from anyone who knew Ms Najmadeen’s movements from Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Victoria Downing, from Staffordshire Police’s major and organised crime department, said: ‘Inquiries into Avan’s tragic death are continuing and we are urgently appealing for any driver who may have dashcam footage from around Glebedale Road on Monday 1 October between 9am and 4pm to contact us.’

DI Downing added: ‘Avan had lived in Fenton Road with her four children and we are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen her or knows her movements over the weekend of September 28 to 30, before she was found on Monday afternoon.’

At least 13 police cars, ambulances and fire engines were scrambled to the scene at around 5pm on Monday before a cordon was set up.

Other emergency colleagues from the hazard team had also attended the property following the discovery of an unknown chemical although this was later confirmed to be turpentine.

Ms Najmadeen body was carried out of the address by officers wearing white forensic suits at around 7pm on Tuesday. 

Forensic investigations are ongoing at the scene and officers are continuing to carry out door-to-door inquiries and community patrols to offer reassurance.

Anyone with information is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 594 of October 1, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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