Friday 15 December 2017

Gardaí treat death of woman as 'suspicious'

'The 31-year-old woman was discovered dead in the flat in the Ballybricken area of Waterford city late yesterday afternoon' (stock photo)
'The 31-year-old woman was discovered dead in the flat in the Ballybricken area of Waterford city late yesterday afternoon' (stock photo)
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Gardaí are treating as suspicious the death of a young woman in a Waterford city apartment complex.

The 31-year-old woman was discovered dead in the flat in the Ballybricken area of Waterford city late yesterday afternoon.

The grim discovery was apparently made after friends became concerned about the welfare of the woman.

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

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

Gardaí from Waterford garda station - which is located only a couple of hundred metres from the complex - were at the scene within minutes.

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

Members of the Garda Technical Bureau were expected to attend the scene late yesterday evening.

The woman's body will then be removed to University Hospital Waterford (UHW) where a full post mortem examination will take place.

The Office of the State Pathologist has been notified.

It is expected that the post mortem examination will take place today.

Waterford gardaí 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.

The Ballybricken apartment complex is located just a couple of hundred metres from Waterford's main shopping streets.

Gardaí are also hoping to check on CCTV security camera footage from business premises in the area.

Irish Independent

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