Virginia McCullough is accused of murdering John McCullough and Lois McCullough sometime in the last five years. The victims in their 70s are understood to be the accused woman's parents
Neighbours said the married couple had not been seen at their three-storey property for at least two years. McCullough, who was known by neighbours as "Ginny", is believed to work as an artist. Her father John would be aged 74 if alive today, while her mother Lois would have been aged 75. Neighbours said that Mr McCullough was a former lecturer at the Chelmsford College of Further Education. He and his wife are believed to have had four daughters, with Virginia the youngest.
Retired systems engineer Phil Sargeant, 67, said Mr and Mrs McCullough had lived in their three-bedroom house for more than 20 years. He added: “Ginny grew up in the house and had been back living with her parents for a few years. She told me that she used to sell her drawings of horses. Her parents were quiet and kept themselves to themselves. They didn’t really mix at all. If you did see him, he would be scurrying around and looking busy. But I had not seen them around for a couple of years or longer.”