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Elderly couple's bodies found weeks after death are named

Ballycastle scene
Ballycastle scene

The elderly couple whose bodies were discovered in Ballycastle have been named as Kenneth and Rita Boughey.


The alarm was raised after the remains of Kenneth, 68, and 79 year old Rita were found at their home on Thursday evening, when emergency services attended the scene in the Abbey area of the town.

Investigations are at an early stage but it’s believed the couple may have been dead for some time before their bodies were found at their home by Mrs Boughey's son.

It’s suspected they died from carbon monoxide poisoning although post mortem examinations were inconclusive and police are awaiting the results of toxicology tests to establish cause of death.

The couple were originally from Liverpool but had lived in Ballycastle for ten years.

SDLP representative Donal Cunningham said they would be fairly well-known locally.

“Obviously it’s very sad and I think the community itself has been saddened by the tragic news,” Mr Cunningham said.

“It is suspected that it may have been carbon monoxide poisoning, but that hasn’t been confirmed.”

PSNI Chief Inspector Mark McClarence said: "There has been a sense of shock and sadness in Ballycastle and I would extend my sympathy to the family and friends of Mr and Mrs Boughey.

"The cause of the deaths has not been established and detectives are investigating the circumstances 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."

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