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Gardai appeal after two bodies discovered at farmhouse in Askeaton

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
The bodies of the man and the woman were discovered in an isolated farmhouse
The bodies of the man and the woman were discovered in an isolated farmhouse

Gardai are investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two people found in Limerick this morning.

The bodies of a man and a woman have been discovered at an isolated farmhouse in Askeaton, County Limerick. 

They were found at a house at approximately 3am, a Gardai spokesperson said. 

It is believed the bodies of the couple, who are in their 50s and 60s, had been there for some time. 

The scene at Boolaglass, near the town of Askeaton, remains sealed off for a technical examination.

"The bodies of a male and female remain at scene which is preserved," a Gardai spokesperson said.

"The Offices of the State Pathologist have been notified."

There is no suggestion of foul play, but Gardai are investigating whether the deaths were the result of a murder-suicide. 

Post-mortem examinations on the remains are expected to be conducted later today.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them at Newcastle West Garda Station on 069 20650, The Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.

UPDATE

Gardai are awaiting post mortem results to confirm whether the bodies of two people found in a house this morning are that of an alleged fraudster grandmother and her partner.

Julia Holmes (63, above), who is currently at the centre of a worldwide police hunt, had recently been traced to a farm house in Boolaglass, Askeaton, which she had been renting.

According to a source Ms Holmes, who was wanted by the FBI, the PSNI and Gardaí, had been in a relationship with a local farmer who owns the house.

Gardai said they could not yet confirm if the bodies were that of the missing pair.

"The bodies are decomposing so it's hard to say who they are. We don't want to say it's them if it's not, for obvious reasons," a Garda source said.

Julia Holmes, who is alleged to have used different aliases including, Croen Ruttle, Dr Watson, Julia Watson and Celia Watson, is wanted by the PSNI after going on the run in 2011.

She disappeared from her home in Ballynahinch, Co Down, in January 2011. A warrant for her arrest was issued when she failed to turn up to court in Newtownards for a series of alleged frauds totalling £18,000.

She was previously deported to Northern Ireland from the United States in 2006 after she was arrested in connection with a $500,000 property scam.