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Cliff jump couple had dead son in rucksack

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  • 5-year-old boy found dead in a rucksack near the bodies of his parents
  • All three found at notorious southern England suicide spot
  • Police investigating but say deaths not suspicious
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- UK police say they are investigating after a 5-year-old boy was found dead in a rucksack near the bodies of his parents, who apparently killed themselves by jumping off a cliff.

The bodies of all three were discovered Monday at the foot of Beachy Head, a notorious coastal suicide spot near the southern town of Eastbourne, a statement from the local Sussex police said.

The couple, whose silver Volkswagen camper van was left parked at the top of the cliff, were named as Neil Puttick, 34, and his Japanese wife Kazumi, 44. Their son was named as Samuel Puttick.

Police said Samuel had died at home after he failed to respond to medical treatment for severe neumococcal meningitis.

"As a result of our investigation I am satisfied that Samuel's grieving parents Neil and Kazumi appear to have taken their own lives," Detective Inspector Ian Willians from Sussex Police said in a statement.

"This is a tragic incident and we extend our sympathies to their family and to the large number of friends and carers affected."

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