Tragic bride and groom are home

Emma and Jonathan Gray
Emma and Jonathan Gray

THE bodies of tragic honeymoon couple Emma and Jonathan Gray have been brought back to the UK.

Authorities have confirmed the 25-year-old newlyweds were flown out of Male in the Maldives at 7.30am on Thursday.

They are understood to have reached Manchester Airport later that night.

The news comes as the police investigation into their deaths continues at the Kuredu Island Resort, where the couple were staying.

They were passengers on a quad bike that crashed into a tree at the resort last weekend.

The bike was being driven by Swedish national Filip Eugen Petre, 23, who is still in hospital.

Recent reports in Maldives media have suggested that the quad bike was unregistered and unauthorised for use.

According to the Minivan News, MPs of the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) claimed the bike was not legally registered at the Maldives Transport Authority and said Mr Petre did not have a licence to operate the vehicle.

Speaking to the Courier yesterday, Insp Mohamed Riyaz, who is leading the investigation, said he was awaiting information from the country’s transport and customs authorities as well as the agency which determines whether vehicles are road-worthy.

He said: “At the moment, it is difficult to say anything but there are suspicions around the registration.”

Tributes to the much-loved couple - who leave a six-month old baby boy, Jake - are still pouring in from stunned friends and former workmates.

Some of Jonathan’s colleagues in Germany - where the parent company of Nobilia GB is based - spoke of their shock.

A tribute left by Dr Oliver Streit, Matthias Keudel and the whole team of Nobilia Germany read: “We are all still in shock about the tragic news of the death of Emma and Jonathan Gray that we got over the weekend.

“Jay has been a valued colleague over the last years. His humour and his always positive attitude have been an inspiration to all of us.

“We valued his deep knowledge of our products and the English market and we were amazed by his hard-working work attitude.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends that they leave behind.

“We will miss Jay dearly.”

A former college friend of Jonathan’s, called Gemma, wrote: “RIP Jonathan and Emma. Such a tragic loss. Jonathan-Doesn’t seem long ago we were close friends at college. I’ll always remember you. My heart goes out to your beautiful baby boy and your family. Sweet dreams. Always in my heart Love Gemma x.”