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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Gardai launch murder investigation after body of young mother found

Locals in shock following death of young mum (28) under suspicious circumstances

15/12/2013 Gardai at the house near Balla, Co. Mayo where a woman's body was found. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus
15/12/2013 Gardai at the house near Balla, Co. Mayo where a woman's body was found. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus

Gardai have launched a murder investigation following the examination of the body of a young mother in Co Mayo.

The young woman - Sarah Staunton - is understood to have suffered severe head injuries.

The murder investigation was launched after the Gardai received the results of the post mortem.

The alarm was raised by her partner who discovered her inside the doorway of the house. He called for an ambulance who then alerted gardai.

Her two young children, who did not live at the house, are being cared for by their father, Ms Staunton's former partner.

Gardai are continuing to question a young man about the death of a mother-of-two.

Ms Staunton was originally from Dublin but living in Mayo Abbey Co Mayo was found dead at her remote home at midday on Saturday.

A garda forensics team carried out an investigation of the house today where the large front window had been broken.

Following a preliminary examination at the scene, Ms Staunton's remains were brought to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar where a full post mortem was carried out by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis.

A man in his early 20s who was arrested in the Castlebar area last night, remains in garda custody today, with gardai continuing to question him.

Locals called to the scene today in Co Mayo where they laid pink roses in memory of the young mum.

Ms Stauton was originally from Dublin but had moved with her family to Mayo Abbey outside the town of Balla, Co Mayo about 15 years ago.

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