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Detectives name 69-year-old man who was murdered in Kilkeel

Bobbie McKee murder victim

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Major Investigation Team have named the man who was murdered in Kilkeel on Thursday, 21st March as Bobbie McKee.

Mr McKee, who was 69-years-old, was sadly pronounced dead after his body was located in a property in the Newcastle Road area on Thursday afternoon, 21st March when officers attended, following a report of a concern for safety for a couple.

Detective Chief Inspector Anthony Kelly said:

“Mr McKee’s wife, who is also aged in her 60s, was found inside the house with serious head injuries. She remains in hospital in a stable condition.

“A 25-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, remains in custody at this time. He is currently being questioned by detectives.

“Enquiries are ongoing in order to determine exactly what has happened. However, at this time, we are not treating this as a firearms-related report.

“A cordon remains in place this evening, Friday 22nd March, as we continue to work to establish the circumstances of what happened. We would encourage members of the public not to speculate but rather, to contact us on 101, quoting reference 739 21/03/24 if they have any information which could assist our investigation.

“Our thoughts continue to be with Mr McKee’s family and they have our full sympathy as they try to come to terms with what has happened.”

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You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at


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