'Masterchef' Contestant Helen Barker Found Dead At 38

A 78-year-old local man has been arrested following Helen's death.

12/09/2016 09:00 | Updated 12 September 2016

A man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and actual bodily harm, following the death of ‘Masterchef’ contestant Helen Barker.

Helen, 38, was found dead at her home in Wiltshire on Thursday morning (8 September) by her father.

A 78-year-old man - who is not related to the victim, but police claim was known to her - has been arrested and released on bail until November, pending further inquiries.

Wiltshire Police
Helen Barker, who previously appeared on 'Masterchef'

A statement from her family says: “The whole family have been left devastated by Helen’s untimely death. She was much loved and will be greatly missed by us all.

“She was a bright young woman who, in addition to her attainment of a BSc degree in Dental Technology at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff, was a talented artist and an accomplished cook, having appeared on the ‘Masterchef’ television programme.

“It will be difficult to come to terms with her loss, but this is being aided by the kind words and messages of support we have received and for which we are very grateful.

“We would like to kindly ask that the media allow us time to grieve in peace.”

Following Helen’s death, a post-mortem examination proved inconclusive, with police saying that further tests will be necessary to determine a cause of death.

A Wiltshire Police spokesperson adds: “Enquiries are ongoing at this stage and a thorough investigation is being carried out.

“A 78-year-old local man, who was known to the deceased, has been arrested on suspicion of ABH and Manslaughter.”

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