Ballycastle double death couple named

Chief Inspector Mark McClarence gives a media brief on the ongoing investigation into the couple who were found dead in their home last night in  Ballycastle. �PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA
Chief Inspector Mark McClarence gives a media brief on the ongoing investigation into the couple who were found dead in their home last night in Ballycastle. �PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA
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Police held a press conference on Friday at Ballycastle PSNI station in relation to the sudden deaths of a married couple.

Chief Inspector Mark McClarence said: “The bodies of Kenneth Boughey, aged 68 and Rita Boughey aged 79 were discovered inside their home at the Abbey area of Ballycastle at around 8:30pm yesterday.

“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.”