Elderly couple found dead at home may have been dead for 18 months, police say – World News

Police are investigating the mystery of two dead OAPs after they were found on Monday as Irish police believe the couple may have actually died years ago

The home in Cloneen where the bodies of two people were found Monday afternoon.
The home in Cloneen where the bodies of two people were found Monday afternoon

The bodies of an elderly couple found dead in their home may have lain there for nearly two years, police believe.

Nicholas (who also left Nick) and Hilary Smith, ages 81 and 79 respectively, were found Monday, June 20 at their home in the Cloneen, County Tipperary area, the reports Irish mirror.

Locals in the area said they alerted police after noticing the grass was growing wild at the couple’s home and there was no activity in and around the home.

The couple – originally from Britain – lived in a detached white pebble bungalow on a country lane.

Gardaí made the grim discovery after making his way to the crime scene on Monday.

Neighbors explained Nicholas, 81, and Hilary Smith, 79, were out of town as they moved away

Her neighbors became concerned when they noticed that the garden hadn’t been tended for quite some time

They now believe the couple may have died as early as November 2020 when they were last seen in the area – although the couple’s cars were parked at the back of the property.

Locals had known the couple would be traveling to France at this point and that someone had been asked to mow the lawn while they were away.

A local source said on Monday: “Some neighbors thought they had moved away but unfortunately that has not been the case.

“The couple kept very to themselves and not many would have known them personally, but only to say hello if they passed them on foot or something.”

The crime scene was cordoned off for an investigation by the Garda Technical Office, which took place on Monday evening.

The bodies of Nick and Hilary Smith were taken from the property to Waterford University Hospital on Monday night to undergo a full autopsy after the crime scene was examined by the state pathologist.

The local council has described what happened as “tragic”.

Gardai confirmed an investigation into “all the circumstances” was ongoing as of Monday, but early indications are that there may not have been foul play. There were no signs of forced entry into the house.

Post-mortem examinations of the bodies on Tuesday are understood to have been inconclusive and Gardaí are now hoping based on the condition of the bodies they can conduct laboratory and toxicology tests to determine the cause of death. Dental records and DNA were used to identify the deceased.

Irish police are also searching the house for any bills, bank statements and best-before-dated food to narrow down the date they were thought to have been last alive.

Detectives are also investigating whether the tragic couple have relatives in the UK and will endeavor to contact them.

Clonmel’s Gardai will be conducting house-to-house inquiries to try to establish the couple’s last known sighting and has urged anyone with information on the couple’s last known movements to get in touch.

Nicholas (Nick) and Hilary Smith were originally from the UK but moved to the town of just 60 people

Several disgruntled locals in the close-knit community of Cloneen have spoken of their shock as they try to come to terms with the double tragedy.

“It’s such a shock to everyone. It seems their bodies have been there for a long time,” said one.

“They told people they were going to emigrate to France or somewhere by the end of 2020, so people assumed they’d moved away,” a shocked local told the newspaper.

“It’s just shocking. It’s terribly sad and everyone is in disbelief, devastated and shocked. It’s very tragic,” said another angry local.

Another said: “It’s insanely shocking. Nothing like this has ever happened here. I just can’t understand it. Everyone is in shock.”

Mark Fitzgerald, local councilor and owner of The Thatch pub in the village, said he too was shocked by the couple’s deaths.

With a population of just 60 in the small, rural farming village and 600 in the backcountry, the couple kept “to themselves,” according to Cllr Fitzgerald.

“As a local councilor and host you would think you know it all, but until this tragic event I had never heard of or seen the couple.

“We are a small, close-knit community and everyone is shocked and in disbelief. A local man said to me, ‘Mark, you see these things on the news and you never expect them to come live from our village.’

Gardaí say they are keeping an open mind in their investigation of the double tragedy. Elderly couple found dead at home may have been dead for 18 months, police say - World News

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