Wednesday 12 December 2018

'May touched the lives of many' - Mum (64) found dead in home after car was stolen

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Police are investigating the suspicious death of a 64-year-old woman who was found dead in her home after her car was stolen.

May Stevens was discovered in her home in an upmarket area of Belfast, Lismoyne Park , in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Detectives from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch are investigating her death and the results of a post-mortem are not yet known.

The mother-of-two was found in her Lismoyne Park home shortly after 3.00am by officers enquiring about her car which had been seen a short time earlier on the North Circular Road having failed to stop for police.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery said: “At this stage we are treating Mrs Stevens’ death as suspicious. We now know that her car was stolen between 1.30am and 2am on Sunday before it was found abandoned in Glenbank Place at around 6.45am."

“I am keen to trace the movements of the car, a red Hyundai I30, bearing registration plates NRZ 3370, in North Belfast between 1.30am and 6.45am," he said.

"The vehicle has damage to its nearside. I would also like to speak to anyone who has information about two men who were seen walking away from the car after it was abandoned in Glenbank Place in the direction of the Crumlin Road.

“I am investigating a possible link to two other attempted burglaries in the area in the early hours of Sunday morning – one of which was also in Lismoyne Park.

“I can fully understand the shock and devastation felt in the community today following this sickening incident. Mrs Stevens was last seen alive in her house late on Saturday evening and I am awaiting the results of the post mortem."

Det Montgomery said Ms Stevens - a maths teacher - was due to become a grandparent.

"May touched the lives of many people living in this community as she was a long standing public servant teaching maths to pupils at the Boys’ Model as well as working at Newtownabbey Region College in recent years," he said.

“This incident has left the Stevens’ family mourning the loss of a wife, mother and sister. Mrs Stevens was looking forward to becoming a grandmother."

The detective added that crimes against older people are taken very seriously and that police remain "committed to putting those responsible before the courts".

Anyone with information is asked to contact the PSNI at Musgrave Street on 101 Ext 17019, alternatively, information can also be provided about either incident to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is anonymous.

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