Merseyside Police have confirmed a murder investigation has been launched after the discovery of the bodies of two women.
Detective Superintendent Tim Keelan, said: “Detectives have launched a murder inquiry following the discovery of two bodies at two separate addresses in Bootle.
“At about 9.15pm on Thursday, 16 April a concern for safety call was received about a woman residing on Worcester Road. A patrol attended and a search was conducted resulting in the discovery of the body of a woman believed to be in her late 20s with multiple injuries.
“At about a 4am today enquiries led officers to a property on Brookhill Road. When no answer was received the officers gained entry. A search of the property resulted in the discovery of the body of woman aged in her 50s.
“Both deaths are being treated as suspicious.
“At this time the causes of death have yet to be established and Home Office post mortems will be carried out. Formal identification is still to take place and officers have contacted the next of kin of the women. Family Liaison Officers have also been appointed.
“Officers from Sefton CID are leading the investigation, house-to-house enquiries are underway, both scenes remain sealed for forensic examination and a search is on-going in the area. CCTV is also being sought.
“The investigation into these deaths is at an early stage and although the motive is unclear at this time, officers believe the offender may be known to the victims.
“I would like to reassure residents who live in the Bootle area where these addresses are located that we have increased patrols in the area to provide reassurance and support.
“Officers and PCSOs are out on the ground talking to local residents in the area providing reassurance and support and if required security and crime prevention advice.
“I am appealing to anyone who has any information which could help us with our inquiries, especially anyone who has seen any suspicious activity around either properties in the last week, to contact the Major Incident Team on 0800 230 0600, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”