Detective Supt Kevin Geddes appeals for help over brutal murder of elderly coupe in their home

DETECTIVES are appealing for help from the public following the murder of two elderly people earlier this afternoon.

A daughter found her parents, aged in their 80s, stabbed to death in their Portadown home.

Police are working on the theory that they may have disturbed a burglar at the home in Upper Ramone Park who then stabbed them to death before fleeing in the couple’s van.

Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes of the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team (MIT) said: “Police were called to an address in the Upper Ramone Park area of the town at around 3.40pm this afternoon.

“On arrival, officers found the bodies of an elderly man and woman in the house.

“We are treating their deaths as murder.

“Earlier in the day, at around 12.20pm, we had a report of a male breaking into a car in the Upper Ramone Park area.

“We are appealing for anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area between 11am and 5pm today to get in touch with police on the number 101.

“The family car belonging to the deceased, a grey Renault Kango van, registration NJZ 6101 was taken from the house and later found at around 5pm in the Edenderry Gardens area.

“We need to know the movements of this car from the time it left Upper Ramone Park until it was recovered in Edenderry Gardens.

“Again, please get in touch with detectives on 101 if you saw it in the Portadown area today between 3.30pm – 5pm.

“A 40 year old man was arrested at around 5pm this afternoon in the Springfields area of Portadown.

Police at the scene of the murder at Upper Ramone in Portadown

“If anyone saw anything suspicious in and around the Edenderry or Springfields areas this afternoon, please let us know.

“I would reassure the public that we now have one person in custody and we will have extra police patrols in the Portadown area.

“Anyone with information should contact police on the non-emergency number 101.

“Or, if you would prefer to provide information without giving your details, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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