Tributes paid to 'well loved' doctor found dead next to daughter body

Tributes paid to 'well loved' doctor found dead next to daughter body

October 4, 2020

Tributes are paid to ‘well loved’ doctor, 49, who was found dead next to body of ‘badly burned’ daughter, 14, after house fire as police probe double murder

  • Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi and her daughter Vian Mangrio were found dead at home 
  • The pair were discovered in a suspected double murder in Burnley, Lancashire 
  • Dr Sacharvi has been described as ‘a joy to work with’ by her grieving colleagues 

Tributes have flooded in for the ‘well loved’ doctor who was found dead next to the body of her badly burned daughter after a house fire which led to a double murder investigation. 

Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi, 49, and her teenage daughter Vian Mangrio, 14, were found at the home they lived in together in Burnley, Lancashire, at 8.45am on Thursday.  

Lancashire Constabulary received a report of concern for the mother and child’s safety and also discovered evidence of fire and smoke inside the house. 

Police yesterday revealed Dr Sacharvi had suffered an assault and died from ‘pressure to the neck’, while her daughter’s corpse was found badly burned.

As investigators probe the suspected double murder scores of emotional tributes have poured in for Dr Sacharvi, who worked for Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi (pictured with her daughter), 49, and her teenage daughter Vian Mangrio, 14, were found at the home they lived in together in Burnley, Lancashire, at 8.45am on Thursday 

A trust spokesman said: ‘Our thoughts are with Dr Sacharvi’s family and friends at this time.

‘She was a well loved and well liked colleague here at the Trust, described as ‘brilliant’ and a ‘joy to work with’.’

Former colleagues and patients have also taken to social media to pay their respects.

Jacqueline Eastwood said: ‘RIP Saman you were a lovely person and we had lots of laughs when we worked together.’

Julie Chapman added: ‘Such a beautiful kind caring, lady. Words can’t express how awful this is. RIP Dr Saman and your beautiful daughter.

‘It was a privilege to have met you and been able to work with you. Thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends at this sad time.’


Police yesterday revealed Dr Sacharvi had suffered an assault and died from ‘pressure to the neck’, while her daughter’s corpse was found badly burned 

Helen Monk posted: ‘Beautiful woman and an amazing Doctor. She was loved and well thought of on Edisford Ward. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered.’

Christini Patini added: ‘Our lovely, warm, funny gentle colleague.

‘Only last week a service user asked if she was as lovely to work with as she was with her patients, and she was.’

Speaking yesterday Supt Jon Holmes, Lancashire Constabulary’s Head of Major Crime, urged anyone with information about what happened to step forward.

As investigators probe the suspected double murder scores of emotional tributes have poured in for Dr Sacharvi, who worked for Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust 

He said: ‘This is a truly harrowing set of circumstances and my thoughts are very much with the loved ones of Dr Sacharvi and Miss Mangrio.

‘They have my deepest condolences at this awful time.

‘We are now treating the investigation as a double murder inquiry and although we are still in the relatively early stages we have a dedicated team of detectives and staff working on it.

‘They are following a number of lines of enquiry to piece together exactly what has happened.

Police received a report of concern for the mother and child’s safety and discovered evidence of fire and smoke inside the house (pictured on Thursday as police investigated the scene) 

‘I would now appeal to anyone with any information about these two deaths to get in touch with us.

‘Perhaps you have seen something suspicious close to the scene in recent days or weeks, maybe you have CCTV or dashcam footage taken in the area that you can share with us, or perhaps you think you know who may be responsible.

‘Even if you think that the information you have is insignificant, please come and speak to us and let us be the judge.

‘We also recognise that this will have caused concern in the local community and we would like to reassure residents that we have extra patrols in and around the area. If anyone has information or concerns they can approach any of our officers.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact police through the dedicated Major Incident Portal or on 101, quoting log 0429 of October 3.

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be reached anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org. 

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