Police investigating two sudden deaths at Drumtara

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Police investigating two sudden deaths at Drumtara thumbnailThe scene around the property at Drumtara remained sealed off yesterday morning as police continuerd their investigation into the deaths of two men whose bodies were discovered on Sunday morning.

TRIBUTES have been paid to the two Ballymena men who were found dead at a property in the Ballee area on Sunday morning.
Friends Rodney McDowell and Mark McPeake were found unconscious on Sunday morning near a flat in Drumtara.
The men, aged 43 and 51, were discovered outside the entrance to Mr McDowell's house.
Tributes were paid to both men on social media.
Police said that an investigation is currently underway into the cause of the deaths.
Chief Inspector Keith Jackson said: "The investigation is at a very early stage and there are no further details at this time.
“Post-mortems will be carried out to determine cause of death."
One line of inquiry is that perscription drugs may have played a role in the deaths of the men.
North Antrim MLA, Jim Allister, said news of the deaths in Ballymena was a "chilling reminder of the scourge of drugs in our community."
He added: "Families are left to grieve while the importers and dealers fade into the background."
DUP councillor, Beth Adger, commented: "It's very sad. My thoughts and prayers are with the families."
Many commenting on social media described the deaths as "heartbreaking" while a friend wrote "Memories Rodney and Mark will be forever cherished."
*Read the full story in this week's Guardian


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