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Man discovered dead in Co Armagh may have been killed in a hit and run: police

Published 13/06/2016

The scene of the discovery in Markethill. Photo BBC
The scene of the discovery in Markethill. Photo BBC

The PSNI has launched an investigation after a man was discovered dead in Markethill, Co Armagh.

The body was found in the Shillinghill Road area of Armagh on Monday.

PSNI Detective Inspector Colin Patterson they believe the man may died as a result of a hit and run road crash. 

"A man's body was found lying in the road shortly before 7am this morning," he said.

"We are currently working to establish the circumstances surrounding the death, however, at this stage we believe this may have been as a result of a hit and run RTC.

"I would particularly like to speak to anyone who can help us with our enquiries. I would appeal to them to contact Police at Armagh on the non-emergency number 101."

Newry and Armagh MLA William Irwin has expressed his concern at the incident.

The DUP man said he understands the name of the man who died is David Shields.

"I am shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Mr Shields and my thoughts and prayers are with his family circle at this difficult time," he said.

"I have been liaising closely with Police and I understand that Mr Shield’s passing is the subject of an investigation in order to establish the exact causes and circumstances of his death."

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