The elderly man in the Tipperary tragedy died of natural causes, but the cause of his wife’s death remains unclear.

An elderly man found dead at his home in Tipperary earlier this week died of natural causes, but the cause of his wife’s death remains unclear.

ndpendent.ie understands that the autopsy results led the gardaĆ­ to rule out the possibility of a murder-suicide.

Officers are now convinced that Nicholas Smith (aged 81) died of natural causes.

However, attempts by doctors to find out the circumstances of the death of his wife have not yet yielded final results.

It is believed that the bodies of Mr. Smith and Hillary (79) could lie undetected in their home in Tipperary for 18 months.

The case puzzled locals in the Clonin countryside, between Fethard and Mullinahon, as they believed the couple had moved overseas during the Covid pandemic.

In an attempt to solve the mystery, Garda also contacted the UK police to try and find the Smiths’ relatives. To date, they have not been able to identify the next of kin.

The Irish Independent reported today that the centerpiece of the police investigation is why the bodies were found in different rooms of the bungalow.

The detectives stressed that they are open-minded about the double tragedy, and the nature of their investigation will be determined by the conclusions of the pathologist.

An autopsy performed by government pathologist Dr. Linda Mulligan at Waterford University Hospital on Tuesday.

A breakthrough this evening regarding the cause of Mr. Smith’s death means that the Garda may shut down a number of potential theories.

However, they must continue to try to establish how Mrs. Smith died.

The property was fully guarded when the guards called at 4:00 pm on Monday out of concern for the couple’s well-being.

Before the pandemic, locals were told that the couple would move to France.
However, the man who lived nearby became increasingly concerned about the untidy appearance of the house, as well as the fact that the couple’s car was parked behind the bungalow and had not been moved for more than 12 months.

He was increasingly unconvinced by the story that the couple had left Ireland and sold the property to their friends in the UK.

When security arrived, there was no sign of forced entry and no disturbance in the bungalow. A thorough search of the property revealed no weapons or anything indicative of foul play.

Mr Smith’s body was found in the bedroom of the bungalow. However, the remains of his wife were found just up the corridor in the living room. Blinds were lowered in the rooms involved.

Detectives are investigating a number of theories, ranging from whether the Covid-19 virus was somehow involved in the circumstances of the death or whether another medical cause may be to blame.

The source said that special attention was paid to a number of prescription drugs that were found in the house. Both deceased had a range of health problems, from arthritis to an autoimmune disorder.

Such is the painstaking nature of the guard investigation that even the property’s chimney and boiler are checked to rule out carbon monoxide poisoning as a possible cause.

Mr and Mrs Smith were originally from the UK but spent many years abroad in France, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Mr. Smith is known to have worked in the cruise industry. The couple had no children.

They are known to have lived for some time in Southampton and London, but have lived in Tipperary for the last eight years.

Garda technical experts are currently reviewing all bank, phone, and computer records in an attempt to determine a definitive timeline for the Smiths.

The neighbors last saw the couple at the end of 2020. Publican and local Fine Gael County Councilor Mark Fitzgerald said the couple were very polite, but they were also reserved and seemed to want their privacy respected.

Another local resident said they kept to themselves, shopping in Clonmel and Carrick-on-Suir and attending cultural events in nearby Cahir.