Published On: 24 Prill, 2017

Grieving wife of tragic ex-Navy officer ‘run over and killed by car thieves’ visits spot where he died

The grieving widow of an ex-Royal Navy officer who was run over and killed as he tried to tackle car thieves outside his home has returned to the spot where he died.

Michael Samwell, 35, died in the early hours of Sunday when he was mown down by his own £35,000 Audi car.

Now his heartbroken widow Jess has returned to the scene of the killing outside their home in Chorlton, Greater Manchester.

With tears in her eyes, she stood beside the police cordon just yards from where she watched her husband suffer fatal injuries as he was run down.

One floral tribute left for Jess at the scene said: “To say how very, very sorry we are about your husband’s death. This should never have happened.”

Mr Samwell died from his injuries in hospital (Photo: Greater Manchester Police)
Michael and Jess on their wedding day (Photo: Daily Mirror)

A suspect, 21, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody for quesitoning.

Mr Samwell’s uncle Cliff Blake previously said: “Jess saw the whole thing happen. They heard something, as someone had broken in and Mike went downstairs to see what was going on.

One of the dozens of floral tributes left at the scene (Photo: PA)
A forensics officer outside the home (Photo: Daily Mirror)

“Jess followed and Mike had gone outside. Jess was there and witnessed it. It’s just horrific – she will have those images with her for the rest of her life.”

Greater Manchester Police today announced a 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody for questioning.

Police outside the couple’s home in Chorlton, Greater Manchester (Photo: Twitter/@Jobo89 WS)
Floral tributes left near the scene (Photo: Daily Mirror)

Engineer Michael’s £35,000 black Audi A3 was found abandoned a short time later with severe damage.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick, from Greater Manchester Police’s serious crime division, said: “My thoughts go out to the Michael’s wife and his family, I cannot comprehend what they must be going through.

Forensic investigators at the scene of Mr Samwell’s death (Photo: Manchester Evening News)

“We have now launched a murder investigation and are searching for those responsible.

“I appeal for anyone with any knowledge of what happened to come forward.

“If you know who has done this, you must inform the police of what you know.

“We will not stop until we have found the person responsible for this dreadful crime.”

More than 50 mourners attended a vigil (Photo: Vincent Cole MEN WS)
A child with a bouquet of flowers at the vigil (Photo: Vincent Cole MEN WS)

Michael, who was a lieutenant in the Navy, married Jess in 2011 and the couple had no children.

He studied at Leeds University before joining the Navy in 2002, serving on submarines, and left to work as an engineer several years ago.

More than 50 people gathered outside Mr Samwell’s local church on Sunday to lay flowers for the tragic victim in an afternoon vigil.

Mourners then made the walk to his home on Cranbourne Road, where they placed flowers at the scene of the crime.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 9908 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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