An investigation is under way in north Kerry into the deaths of three people, all from the same family. at a house near the village of Lixnaw.

All three had gunshot wounds, and gardaí say they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.

Gardaí were called to the family's bungalow home at Ballyreahan, between the north Kerry villages of Lixnaw and Kilflynn, at around 9pm last night.

Inside, they found the bodies of a woman in her 60s and her 23-year old son. The woman's partner, a man also in his 60s, was missing.

A search got under way and members of the Garda Armed Support Unit were deployed from Cork.

They were stood down soon afterwards when the man's body was found the rear of a neighbour's house.

A firearm was recovered close by.

The two scenes, both inside the house and outside where the man's body was found, will be examined by members of the Garda Technical Bureau later today.

They will be joined by a pathologist from the State Pathologist's Office before the bodies will be removed to University Hospital Kerry for post mortem examinations.

There is no known motive at this stage for what is being treated as a double homicide and a suicide.