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Body of elderly woman found at her home 'after a number of months'

David Kearns

Published 21/11/2015 | 16:59

Garda: File photo
Garda: File photo
It is understood that gardai are not treating the woman’s death as suspicious.

An elderly woman found dead at her home in Wexford on Friday evening could have lain undiscovered for up to two months.

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The body of the woman, believed to be in her 80s, was found by gardai at her home in Wexford town on Friday shortly before 9.30 pm.

Gardai entered her home in the town following reports that she had not been seen in recent months.

It is understood that gardai are not treating the woman’s death as suspicious.

The woman, believed to come from New Ross originally, lived in the house for a number of years.

According to a source, the woman's death could have occurred up to two months ago.

The woman's body was transferred to University Hospital Waterford where a post mortem is due to be carried out later this week.

One shocked neighbour described her as a woman who kept to herself, and who often might not have been seen in Wexford town for weeks at a time.

“We didn’t really know too much about her. She is from Wexford county I believe. All I really know is that she had been living in the town for some time,” the neighbour said.

“I know she doesn’t have any family in the area.”

Another neighbour told Independent.ie: “We didn’t know much about her despite her living here for sometime.”

Wexford mayor Ger Carthy described the news as “shocking” and he expressed his deepest sympathies with the elderly woman’s family.

“It’s quite disturbing if these reports are truth,” he said. “No one should pass away alone."

“On behalf of the Wexford people, I’d like to offer her family the deepest sympathies.

“Our hearts are with them at this difficult time.”

People Before Profit Alliance councillor Deirdre Wadding echoed her colleague's comments, adding that the elderly woman was "known locally as a gentle soul".

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