Friday 15 December 2017

Gardai treating death of woman (31) in city apartment as 'suspicious'

The woman's body will be removed to University Hospital Waterford (UHW)
The woman's body will be removed to University Hospital Waterford (UHW)
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

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

The woman (31) was discovered dead in the flat in the Ballybricken area of Waterford city this afternoon.

The discovery was apparently made after friends became concerned about the woman when repeated efforts to contact her failed.

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

Members of the Garda Technical Bureau are expected to attend the scene later this evening.

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

The Office of the State Pathologist has been notified.

Gardaí stressed that the nature of the investigation will be determined by the results of the post mortem examination and 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.

In a statement released this evening gardaí confirmed they were investigating "all of the circumstances" surrounding the woman's death.

They have appealed for anyone with information to contact Waterford Garda Station 051-305300 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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