Thursday 17 August 2017

Woman (30s) found dead in city apartment after concerned friends raised alarm

Gardaí outside an apartment in Waterford City where a woman’s body was discovered on Friday (Image: Mark Condren)
Gardaí outside an apartment in Waterford City where a woman’s body was discovered on Friday (Image: Mark Condren)

Ken Foy and Ralph Riegel

A young woman was found dead in her apartment after friends, who were concerned about her whereabouts, raised the alarm.

The woman, who was in her early 30s, was discovered in the flat in the Ballybricken area of Waterford city late yesterday afternoon.

The grim discovery was made after friends were unable to get in contact with her.

Repeated efforts to contact her via her mobile phone had failed and friends had called to her flat to check on her.

Gardaí outside an apartment in Waterford City where a woman’s body was discovered on Friday (Picture: Mark Condren)
Gardaí outside an apartment in Waterford City where a woman’s body was discovered on Friday (Picture: Mark Condren)
Gardaí outside an apartment in Waterford City where a woman’s body was discovered on Friday (Picture: Mark Condren)

Despite desperate efforts to revive her, she was pronounced dead at the scene before she was transferred to hospital.

Gardai from Waterford Garda Station - which is located only a couple of hundred metres from the complex - were at the scene within minutes.

The woman was known to have had problems concerning the misuse of drugs. She had previously appeared in court on minor offences but was not convicted. Her boyfriend was also found in an ill state in the apartment and was taken to University Hospital Waterford.

The flat was immediately sealed off and preserved to allow for a full forensic and technical examination.

The Ballybricken apartment complex is located in Thomas Court, Thomas Street, just a couple of hundred metres from Waterford's main shopping streets. Members of the Garda Technical Bureau were expected to attend the scene late yesterday evening. The woman's body was removed to University Hospital Waterford for a full post-mortem examination.

The Office of the State Pathologist has been notified.

It is expected that the post-mortem examination will take place today. Waterford gardai stressed that the nature of their inquiries will be determined by the results of the post-mortem examination and detailed toxicology tests.

However, garda sources indicated that they are currently keeping an open mind about the death. Door-to-door inquiries will be conducted in the area to determine the last-known movements of the deceased.

Gardai also hope to check CCTV footage from business premises in the area.

Herald

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