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Ballycastle deaths: Carbon monoxide poisoning 'ruled out'

By Claire Williamson

Published 08/06/2015

Forensic officers at scene where two bodies were found the Abbey area of Ballycastle
Forensic officers at scene where two bodies were found the Abbey area of Ballycastle
Scene where dead bodies were found in Ballycastle

Carbon monoxide poisoning has been ruled out as a cause of death of a couple found in Ballycastle - as police continue to treat the deaths as 'unexplained'.

Police found the remains of Rita (79) and Kenneth (68) Boughey when they forced their way into their house last Thursday after being contacted by the couple's worried son, who said he was unable to locate his parents.

There was some speculation that the deaths of the couple could have been as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning but the post-mortem has ruled that out.

Mr and Mrs Boughey were originally from Liverpool. They lived in Spain for a while before settling in Northern Ireland around 10 years ago.

It is thought the bodies of the elderly couple may have been lying there for more than a month.

Chief Inspector Mark McClarence said: “The police investigation into the causes of the deaths of Kenneth and Rita Boughey is continuing.

“Post mortem examinations were carried out on Friday and we are awaiting the results of further toxicology tests.

“However, the post mortem ruled out carbon monoxide poisoning as a cause of death.

“At this time, the deaths continue to be treated as unexplained.”

Further reading:

Ballycastle deaths 'unexplained' - Liverpool couple Kenneth and Rita Boughey lay dead in house for more than a month    

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