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‘Heir hunters’ trace relatives of couple discovered dead in Tipperary home

Hilary Smith’s son had not seen her for 55 years and did not know she was living in Ireland

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The scene where the bodies of a couple were found in a house near Cloneen, Co Tipperary. Picture by Dylan Vaughan

The scene where the bodies of a couple were found in a house near Cloneen, Co Tipperary. Picture by Dylan Vaughan

The scene where the bodies of a couple were found in a house near Cloneen, Co Tipperary. Picture by Dylan Vaughan

An Irish firm of “heir hunters” believe they have tracked down the next of kin of an elderly English couple whose bodies may have lain undiscovered in a rural Tipperary bungalow for up to 18 months.

The remains of Nicholas Smith (81) and his wife, Hilary (79), were last month discovered by gardaí in separate parts of their home outside Cloneen village on the Tipperary-Kilkenny border.


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