Elderly man found dead 11 hours after 76-year-old woman shot and killed

AN elderly man has been found dead in a village northwest of Sydney, 50km away from a house where a woman believed to be his wife was shot and killed 11 hours earlier.

Police were called to the house in Olinda, southeast of Mudgee, just after 10pm on Friday where they found the body of a 76-year-old woman. Police say she’d been shot.

The house was declared a crime scene and examined by forensic police and homicide detectives who police say are investigating whether the woman’s death is domestic-related.


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After spending the night searching for a man believed to be the woman’s husband, also aged 76, officers found his body in the small village of Lue, 50km northwest of Olinda, around 9.40am on Saturday.

At this stage, police say the man’s death is not believed to be suspicious but stress inquiries are continuing.

Police have not revealed how the man died.

Detectives are urging anyone with information about either incident to contact them via Crime Stoppers.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner in relation to both matters.

No further information was available at the time of writing.

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