The family of a man found dead in an alleyway in Clogher, County Tyrone, have said they are in “total shock”.

Police started a murder investigation after Pat Ward’s body was found in an alleyway at McCrea Park on Saturday.

His sister Bridget Ward said: “He has left a young wife and four kids and a broken-hearted family behind.”

On Sunday, the detectives were granted more time to question a 23-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman who have been arrested on suspicion of murder.


Speaking about her brother’s murder, Ms Ward said: “No-one deserved this in the world.”

Her family wanted justice but they “know it’s not going to bring him back”, she added.

Speaking about her brother’s partner, Ms Ward said: “Her soul mate has been taken away from her.”

Barney Ward, the victim’s brother, urged anyone with information about the murder to contact the police.

A house at McCrea Park remains cordoned off with forensic officers at the scene.

Detectives want anyone who noticed unusual activity at McCrea Park late on Friday night or early on Saturday morning to contact them.

Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew described the killing as “brutal”.