Oxley police investigate after bodies of married couple found in Bailey Ave, Tamworth

Crime scene: The married couple were discovered dead in their Bailey Ave home in East Tamworth on Sunday night. Photo: Breanna Chillingworth
Crime scene: The married couple were discovered dead in their Bailey Ave home in East Tamworth on Sunday night. Photo: Breanna Chillingworth

Firearm found

The Bailey Ave home in East Tamworth remains cordoned off with police tape, as officers continue to piece together what happened on Sunday.

A family member raised the alarm on Sunday with police, with murder-suicide one avenue of the police investigation.

“It is too early to say whether that is the case at the stage. There are no other persons of interest that we are seeking,” Chief Inspector Phil O’Reilly said.

“Persons who had some knowledge of those occupants and had some concerns for their welfare [notified police].

“A firearm was located at the premises.”

Murder-suicide probe

Oxley police are continuing to investigate the deaths of the married couple and confirmed they were called to the Bailey Ave home in East Tamworth on Sunday afternoon, but the grim discovery wasn’t made until Sunday night.

“Police were called to the premises earlier in the afternoon after concerns for the welfare of those occupants were raised and found nothing,” Chief Inspector Phil O’Reilly said.

“Later in the evening they returned to the premises and forced entry where they found the body of a male and a female in the premises.

“A crime scene was established and forensic investigations have been undertaken at the premises.

“It is believed the male and female are a married couple they have not yet been formally identified.”

Married couple discovered dead in home

Oxley police said the couple died of gun shot wounds in their Bailey Ave home.

Chief Inspector Phil O’Reilly said the woman, aged 51, and the man, aged 67, were married, and had been living in the Tamworth community for several years.

“The occupants of the house have been members of the community for some time,” he said on Monday.

“We ask that any members of the community that have information that can assist our investigation please contact Tamworth detectives.”

Two bodies found

Police are investigating the circumstances surround the deaths of a man and woman last night in Tamworth.

About 10.30pm Sunday, emergency services were called to Bailey Ave, East Tamworth following concerns for the pair’s welfare.

Officers from Oxley Local Area Command discovered the bodies of a man and woman inside the house.

A crime scene was established and investigations are continuing.

Initial investigations suggest that no one else is being sought in relation to the matter. Oxley Command are in contact with family members and assisting them through this investigation process.

Both the man and woman are expected to be formally identified today, and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

More to come. 


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