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Detectives granted additional 36 hours to question Crossmaglen murder suspect

Annaghmare Road Crossmaglen

Detectives investigating the murder of a pensioner in Crossmaglen last weekend have been granted a 36-hour extension to question a 67-year-old man.

Michael McConville, who was 74-years-old, was found dead in a house in the Annaghmare Road area on Saturday evening, June 15.

The victim was discovered in the bathroom of his house by a neighbour who became concerned after the pensioner failed to answer the door.

Detective Chief Inspector Anthony Kelly from the Police Service’s Major Investigation Team said: “Officers responded to a report of the death of a man in a property shortly after 7pm.

“Sadly, the man – Michael McConville – was pronounced dead at the scene.

“He was located in a bathroom with serious head injuries – believed to have been caused by a weapon.”

Detective Chief Inspector Kelly continued: “My thoughts, and that of my team, are with Mr McConville’s family and friends at this sad and also distressing time.

“A murder investigation is currently underway and a man, aged 67, arrested on suspicion of murder remains in custody as enquiries continue.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have information that could assist our investigation to contact detectives on 101.

“If you noticed, or heard, anything untoward in the Annaghmare Road area between Friday evening, 14th June and Saturday, June 16 please get in touch quoting reference number 1435 15/06/24.”

Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

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