First photo of tragic West Lothian couple found dead at home on Boxing Day

The first photos of the tragic West Lothian couple who were found dead on Boxing Day have been released as they were locally named Denis and Mary Fell.

The older couple, both 73, were found dead in their home shortly before midnight on Boxing Day on December 26 after concerned residents sounded the alarm, as reported by Daily check-in.

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After rushing to the scene, officers reportedly forced entry into their Livingston home and made the grim discovery of the couple, then cordoned off the scene.

A significant police presence remains in place today, as officers continue to scour the area to conclude the circumstances surrounding the couple’s tragic death.

Investigators have now informed media that a 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the two deaths.



Denis and Mary Fell were appointed locally.

Forensic pathologists have also been spotted by eyewitnesses handling bags of key evidence outside the house in Raeburn Rigg, Livingston.

Shocked neighbors said the ‘friendly’ couple had lived in the town of West Lothian for more than 20 years and that Denis was caring for his wife Mary, who was disabled with mobility issues.



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Police remain at the scene at Raeburn Rigg, Livingston.

A neighbor said: “I was sitting in the living room when I heard the cops open the front door. The couple who live there are both elderly and disabled.

“They’ve been here longer than me and I think they have two children. He is always a very nice man who chats with you and takes care of his wife.

“It’s really quite shocking because it’s a very quiet street. When I looked out the window after they kicked in the door, it looked like all of the West Lothian agents were outside.

“There are still charges today, which is really quite worrying.

“I spoke to one of the other neighbors who spoke to the police. They wouldn’t tell him anything. “



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A forensic tent has been erected over the front door of the property.

Another Livingston resident recounted how police asked him for CCTV footage from his personal cameras in an attempt to gather information on what had happened that night on the street.



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They said: “They were a lovely senior couple who really stood apart for the past couple of years.

“I’ve seen her push her in a wheelchair a few times and they have a disabled parking spot right outside their house to make it easier for Mary to get out.



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A large cordon runs around the couple’s house and several neighboring properties

“It’s really tragic, especially at this time of year.”

A third added: “They have lived here for a very long time and everyone knows them. They would always say hello if you came by.

“I believe they have two grown children and you would see their son and young children come for a visit occasionally.

“I got home around 1:30 am and the street was just full of police. I knew something bad had happened, but I never imagined it was something like this.



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Police confirmed that a 19-year-old man was arrested.

Uniformed officers continue to stand guard at the scene as CID officers carry out door-to-door investigations.

Scottish police have confirmed investigations are still at an early stage, but have confirmed that a teenager has been arrested.

A force spokesperson said: “Officers were informed at around 11:40 pm on Sunday December 26 of a report of sudden death in the Raeburn Rigg neighborhood of Livingston.

“A man and a woman were found dead on a property.

“A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and investigations are underway to establish all the circumstances and are at an early stage.”

Jack C. Nugent