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Community in shock as couple found dead in city home

A community has been rocked after a couple was found dead at a north-east home.

The pair, named locally as Willie and Karen Flett, was discovered late on Wednesday night by police at their house in Cornhill Terrace, Aberdeen.

A major police investigation was launched while officers announced their deaths were being treated as unexplained.

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However, they confirmed they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Last night neighbours told of their shock as details of the grim discovery came to light.

Most who knew them said they were a “normal and happy” couple, and said Mr Flett was often seen playing football with his grandchildren on the green.

Retired chemistry technician Keith Barnes said: “I would see him out here (on the green) playing football with his grandchildren. They all seemed really happy. It’s come as quite a shock.

“I came out of the front door at about 11pm and saw the police tape around the whole area. I’ve no idea what happened, I didn’t hear anything. There were police cars, vans and an ambulance. There seems to be mystery around it.”

He added: “I know he had two sons and at least a few grandchildren. I’ve been here 20 years and never come across anything like this.”

A cordon was put in place when police arrived at 10.25pm on Wednesday and remained there throughout yesterday.

It is understood Mr Flett, 56, had worked as a taxi driver doing airport runs but had previously worked offshore.

Another neighbour, Susan Watt, 54, said she thought the couple had lived at the house for almost 20 years.

She said she believed Karen, 57, worked in the health service as she frequently saw her wearing what looked like a nurse’s uniform.

However, she said she hadn’t seen her for around two months. Ms Watt said she thought something was odd last night when she noticed the couple had not drawn their blinds.

She said: “They have lived here for probably around 20 years. I have not seen Karen for around two months but I had seen him (Willie).

“I went to bed between 8pm and 8.30pm and noticed their blinds were still up and the lights were on in the bed room and the down stairs lights were still on.

“Usually they would have been drawn by then. I didn’t hear anything but was shocked to find out what had happened this morning.”

The couple’s sons, one of whom is believed to run his own hairdressing business in the city, were too upset to speak last night.

Inspector Simon Reid yesterday appealed for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area in the days leading up to the discovery to contact police.


He said: “The deaths are being treated as unexplained and external inquiries are on-going to establish the circumstances of what has happened.

“I’m not able to discuss the details of the investigation at this stage or speculate on what may have happened.

“The investigation is complex. The incident is however contained.

“As formal identification is yet to take place I can’t give any further details in respect to the two people who have died.

“We will continue carrying out inquiries over the next few days and officers will be carrying out high visibility patrols.”

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