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Married couple found dead by their son in Antrim house

The discovery was made in the Abbey area of Ballycastle yesterday.

Image: Ballycastle via Google Maps

Updated 15:20.

POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING after a married couple were found dead at a house in Ballycastle, Antrim at around 8:30 last night.

The bodies of Kenneth Boughey (68) and Rita Boughey (79) were found by their son who raised the alarm.

Officers say they are treating the deaths of as unexplained but believe the couple had been dead for a number of weeks.

Chief Inspector Mark McClarence said, “The couple had been living in Ballycastle for around ten years but were originally from Liverpool.

“There has been a sense of shock and sadness in Ballycastle today and I would extend my sympathy to the family and friends of Mr and Mrs Boughey.

“The causes of the deaths have not been established and detectives are investigating the circumstances at present.

At this time, the deaths are being treated as unexplained. The post mortems along with these ongoing enquiries will shape the investigation in the coming days.

“I understand that local discussion has involved possible carbon monoxide poisoning. We cannot rule that in or out as a cause of death at present.

“I would ask that anyone who saw or spoke with Mr and Mrs Boughey in the last number of weeks contact detectives on the non-emergency number 101.”

Additional reporting by Cliódhna Russell. 

Originally posted 7:40am. 

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