A stunning marketing executive, believed to have been murdered by her boyfriend who was almost 20 years older than her, had spoken about leaving him, family friends have told MailOnline.
Maddie Durdant-Hollamby, 22, was found dead in the home she shared with her boyfriend Ben Green, 41, with police revealing that they suspect he killed her and then himself.
Their bodies were discovered by officers at their property in Kettering, Northamptonshire shortly after 1pm last Friday.
Maddie was originally from the wealthy village of Wimblington, Cambridgeshire, where her parents, Steve Durdant-Hollamby, 48 and Rachel, 47 are well known members of the community.
Tributes have been paid to Maddie Durdant-Hollamby (pictured), a ‘caring and thoughtful’ marketing executive and dancer after she was found dead at a property in Kettering on Friday
Mr Durdant-Hollamby is also former president of the local Parkfield Sports Club, which he visits regularly with his family.
A friend of Mr Durdant-Hollamby who was at the club on Tuesday told MailOnline: ‘Steve told us that Maddie wasn’t that happy with Ben and had spoken about ending the relationship.
‘He was almost as old as Steve and Rachel and had three kids from a previous marriage and this concerned them. Any parent would be worried if their 22-year-old daughter came home with a man like this.’
He added: ‘Steve and Rachel are only in their 40s and so was Ben so I can understand their concerns.’
Maddie was found dead at a house alongside Ben Green (pictured), another marketing director whose relatives they are praying for Maddie’s family
Another regular at the sports club revealed: ‘Steve had said at times that Ben wasn’t right for Maddie. He didn’t go into much detail but hinted that he didn’t like him and found him controlling.’
Another club regular recalled how Maddie would also visit regularly with her parents.
He added: ‘Maddie was a lovely girl, really charming and beautiful who had a lot of love for her parents. They were very concerned about the age gap between her and her boyfriend and from what we’d heard, she was having second thoughts about their future together.’
It is believed that Maddie’s parents raised concerns with police after they did not hear from her for several days, prompting officers to visit Green’s home.
Police are treating Maddie’s (pictured) death as murder and said they were not looking for any other suspects
Mr Durdant-Hollamby is the Managing Director of Polypipe Civils, a FTSE-250 listed multinational company that specialises in building green, sustainable drainage systems.
He lives with his wife and two younger children in a four-bedroom £800,000 detached home which has a number of privately registered vehicles in the drive.
Maddie divided her time between living at the luxury property and staying with Green but in recent months, was spending longer periods of time living with him. On the face of it, they appeared to enjoy an idyllic life, posting pictures of themselves from exotic locations and swanky restaurants and bars.
Mr Durdant-Hollamby is also the former Managing Director of water management company Alumasc where Green worked as Marketing Director and Maddie as a marketing executive.
They are believed to have been in a relationship for more than a year after meeting at work.
According to neighbours, Maddie was the latest in a string of younger women Green had dated.
Police say Maddie’s death is being treated as murder, no arrests have been made and they are not seeking anyone else in connection with the case.
Green’s step-son Jack said at the family home: ‘As a family we’re grieving. We have issued a statement which says everything we want to say right now.’
The family’s statement said: ‘Following the sad death of our beloved Ben, we would like to make the following statement.
Officers were called to a detached (pictured) property on Slate Drive in Kettering, North Northamptonshire, at around 1pm on Friday over concerns for the welfare of the occupants
‘Ben was an extremely loving father to three extraordinary young children and was a beloved partner to his ex-wife. He was also a loving son, brother, uncle, and nephew.
‘There are no words to describe the extremely sad circumstance of this tragic incident and our thoughts and prayers are with Maddie’s family, loved ones and friends.
‘We would now respectfully request time to grieve in peace and would ask members of the media to respect our wishes as we have no further comment to make at this devastating time.’
In a statement issued through police on Sunday, the Durdant-Hollamby family said they were ‘absolutely devastated at the loss of Maddie, our beautiful daughter, sister, granddaughter and niece’.
Police officers were called to concerns for welfare and made the ‘tragic discovery’ of the bodies of a man and a woman inside. Pictured: Forensic officers on the scene at Slate Drive
‘Our hearts are broken, and we cannot begin to imagine life without her. The shock and pain we are feeling is indescribable,’ they said.
‘She was a beautiful person both inside and out, who loved nothing more than spending time with her family and friends.
‘Maddie was a kind, caring, thoughtful young woman, who touched the lives of everyone she met. A talented dancer, her creative talent continued through school and into her career in marketing. Her life has been sadly cut short just as her career was blossoming.
‘Our thoughts are with everybody who knew and loved Maddie as much as we did.’
DI Nicole Main, of Northamptonshire Police, said: ‘While we await a formal identification of Benjamin, we have taken the step of naming him with the support of his family.
‘We understand he and Maddie had been in a relationship and are working to establish as much as is possible about the circumstances in which they died.’
She said both families were ‘overwhelmed with sadness and have asked that they be left in peace at this terribly distressing time’.