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Saturday 25 November 2017

Irishman found 'stabbed to death' in Turkish holiday resort is named

Police launch investigation into suspicious death of Mr John Edward Donnelly

Irishman John Edward Donnelly (inset) found dead in suspicious circumstances in Turkey holiday resort
Irishman John Edward Donnelly (inset) found dead in suspicious circumstances in Turkey holiday resort
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

Police in Turkey have launched an investigation into the suspicious death of an Irishman in the resort of Bodrum.

The victim has been named as Mr John Edward Donnelly.

He was reportedly stabbed to death at a holiday apartment in the south-west coast resort.

The popular retired Dublin man was heavily involved in musical theatre.

Local media are reporting the 64-year-old was knifed once.

Saatbasihaber.com is reporting that the man travelled to the region 20 days ago and was staying on Tevfik Street.

Mr Donnelly's body was discovered at 2pm on Friday after neighbours raised the alarm.

A bloodied knife was reportedly found in the hallway outside of the apartment where the man had been staying.

Bodrum Turkey
Bodrum Turkey

A spokesperson for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that they were offering consular assistance to the man's family.

Bodrum is a popular holiday resort with Irish tourists and attracts thousands of travellers each year.

A total of 31 Irish people lost their lives in Turkey in the seven years from 2009 to 2015.

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