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'Incomprehensible': Elderly couple killed in home named as Michael and Marjorie Cawdery

It is believed that both were stabbed to death.

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THE PSNI HAS named the elderly couple found dead at a house in Portadown yesterday as Michael and Lilian ‘Marjorie’ Cawdery.

Both aged 83, the couple were found by police after a call was made to attend an address in the Upper Ramone Park area of the town at 3.40pm.

The couple are said to have been stabbed. Police are treating the case as murder.

In a statement, their family said: “The awful and incomprehensible events of Friday 26 May have deprived our family of two wonderful people Michael and Marjorie who were our father, mother, brother, sister and grandparents.

We thank the Police for their prompt response and professional actions. We also thank everyone who has expressed sympathy in whatever way and offered help. Finally, we ask for respect and privacy in the coming days as the family try to come to terms with their loss.

A 40-year-old man was arrested in the Springfields area of Portadown later that day.

The PSNI is appealing for anyone with information that could assist them to come forward.

Detective superintendent Kevin Geddes said: “Earlier in the day, at around 12.20pm, we had a report of a male breaking into a car in the Upper Ramone Park area. We are appealing for anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area between 11am and 5pm yesterday to get in touch with police.

The family car belonging to the deceased, a grey Renault Kango van, registration NJZ 6101 was taken from the house and later found at around 5pm in the Edenderry Gardens area.
We need to know the movements of this car from the time it left Upper Ramone Park until it was recovered in Edenderry Gardens. Again, please get in touch with detectives on the non-emergency number 101 if you saw it in the Portadown area yesterday between 3.30pm – 5pm.

Geddes urged anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the Edenderry Gardens and Springfields area to also get in touch.

He added that detectives remain in the area, and extra patrols will be in place in and around Portadown.

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