Monday 22 October 2018

'It has torn the soul out of us' - family's grief as woman found dead in Dublin flat

Gardaí at the scene of a property at Ranelagh where the body of a woman was found on Thursday. The victim has been named locally as Joanne Lee (38)
Gardaí at the scene of a property at Ranelagh where the body of a woman was found on Thursday. The victim has been named locally as Joanne Lee (38)
Members of the Gardai at the scene where a womans body was found on the Ranelagh Road, Dublin. Photo Gareth Chaney Collins

Ryan Nugent and Ken Foy

THE grief-stricken uncle of a woman found dead in a south Dublin flat has said her death has "torn the soul" out of the whole family.

The victim has been named locally as Joanne Lee who was reported missing on Tuesday.

In tears speaking at the scene her uncle said the family feared the worst when the 38-year-old woman went missing.

"I'm just devastated, the whole family is, just taken apart, [it has] just torn the soul out of us. I just don't know what came out of this at all, why it happened," he said.

General view of Gardai at scene on Ranelagh road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of Gardai at scene on Ranelagh road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

"A couple of days (she was missing), we had a feeling something was up, but we couldn't put it together and we were searching everywhere," he added.

The grim discovery was made at a house in Ranelagh, south Dublin, at around 3.45pm today.

It is believed Ms Lee's remains were discovered in a wardrobe in the property when gardaí called to the address as part of their missing persons investigation.

Gardai are treating the death as suspicious and have appealed for information.

Shortly after gardaí called to the property a man jumped from a third-storey window of the property and seriously injured himself.

It is understood he was taken to hospital with severe leg injuries.

The scene at Ranelagh Road is sealed off this evening and has been preserved for a technical examination.

Anyone who may have any information is asked to contact Donnybrook Garda station on 01 666 9200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

General view of Gardai entering house on Ranelagh road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of Gardai entering house on Ranelagh road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

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