THE parents of a dancer murdered by her boyfriend "knew it wasn't good news" when they saw his home on the TV news after she vanished.
Maddie Durdant- Hollamby, 22, was discovered stabbed to death in Kettering, Northants, following a report of concern for her welfare.
Her "sex addict" boyfriend Ben Green, 41, murdered her before taking his own life during the horror on August 27.
Maddie's parents have now spoken out for the first time and confirmed there were no signs of prior domestic violence, the BBC reports.
Mum Rachel revealed the day before the bodies were discovered, she saw on a phone app Maddie, who lived at the family home in Wimblington, Cambs, was at Ben's home but wasn't worried.
But she grew concerned the next day when she received a text from one of the dancer's friend saying she had missed a planned group chat.
Rachel and husband Steve then discovered Maddie had missed a week of work, which was out of character, so called Ben's home then the police.
It was while they were waiting for a response they saw the house on a TV news report about a "major incident" that was unfolding.
Steve said: "That's when we both knew it was not going to be good news."
Rachel explained how her "perfect daughter" had been arguing with Ben about going on holiday before the horror.
She believes she had gone to Ben's home to end the relationship before she was brutally murdered.
Rachel said: "We think she actually probably wanted to be able to come home later that evening and say 'I've ended my relationship with Ben and I'm going to go on holiday next week and have a great time'."
A pre-inquest hearing last month heard how a provisional cause of death for Maddie was given as stab wounds to the chest.
Tragically, her dad had to identify her body.
He said: "The hardest bit with it, we'll never understand the why. It'll never come out. We live with that, and unfortunately his family will as well."
Rachel told how she will "never forgive [Ben] for what he's taken from her and taken from us" but said she feels only sadness and not anger.
The mum also said she feels "incredibly sad" for Ben and his family – including his three children – as he had a "whole life ahead of him".
She added: "It's such a waste; it was a waste of her life but also a waste of his."
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Dad-of-three Green is thought to have been dating marketing executive Maddie for around a year after meeting at work.
She had been given the "opportunity to spend quality time together as a family" while living at home during the pandemic, Rachel said.
The mum said: "A lot has been made in the press about her beauty and how pretty she was, but she was a beautiful person within.
"She was caring, loving, compassionate; she loved her family and she loved her friends. That's what we will always remember of her."
Former friends have described Green as a “woman-hating sex addict” who bragged about bedding hundreds of lovers — many in their teens — in rented houses across the country.
One said Green targeted his conquests in a “chilling and calculated” manner — and had no respect for the women who he treated as his “property”.
Police confirmed Maddie's death was being treated as murder and no-one else was being sought in connection with the killing.
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