A former anti-terrorist officer reportedly killed himself in an explosion at his home.
Ex-Scotland Yard Superintendent Malcolm Baker, 60, died when fire destroyed his thatched cottage in Exmoor National Park.
The explosion, which occurred around 6 p.m. on September 14, destroyed the roof of the property, named Hiccome House.
Specialists found cremated human remains. DNA tests are carried out.
Neighbors feared the fire was part of a terrorist attack and claimed a bottle of liquid propane was left intentionally open to set off the explosion.
However, it is now believed that the 60-year-old killed himself due to domestic problems.
Police said: “At this time we do not believe there is any third party involvement and we are not seeking anyone else in connection with our investigation.”
Mr Baker’s partner, Francesca Onody, was not at home at the time of the explosion.
Neighbors said they’ve seen a team of up to 30 officers combing the area every day since.
Withiel Fox, 60, told The Sun: “There is no gas supply to this cottage so it didn’t happen by accident.
“Because of his background, there was a lot of speculation as to what might have happened.
“He went missing after the blast and there were concerns that the Russians might be behind it.
“There were concerns that they may have kidnapped or killed him to send a message to the government.”
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During his 30-year career, Mr. Baker worked on the 9/11 attacks and Alexander Litvineko poisoning and 7/7 London bombings in 2005.
He retired from the troupe ten years ago and moved to Somerset with his partner from London.
Avon and Somerset Police said they referred his death to the independent Police Misconduct Bureau.
According to The Sun, they had previously visited the home to investigate an incident of a domestic nature.
It comes as another resident told the neighbor Mr Baker was “not a pleasant man” who had “quarreled with several local residents”.
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