Woman’s body undis­cov­ered since 2015

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The PSNI has launched a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion after the dis­cov­ery of the body of a woman in an apart­ment in west Belfast who may have died more than two years ago.

De­tec­tives are ques­tion­ing a 23-year-old man about the death of 68-year-old Marie Con­lon, whose body may have lain undis­cov­ered since Jan­uary 2015.

Ms Con­lon’s body was found by PSNI of­fi­cers at her Lark­spur Rise home after con­cerns were raised about her where­abouts. Of­fi­cers forced en­try and found her ly­ing in a bed.

“It was ap­par­ent that she had lain undis­cov­ered for some time,” said Det Chief Insp Alan Dick­son.

De­tec­tives in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cir­cum­stances of her death es­tab­lished that the last known sight­ing of Ms Con­lon was in Jan­uary 2015.

“It is our be­lief, sup­ported by med­i­cal ev­i­dence, that her death may have oc­curred around this time,” said Det Insp Dick­son.

A post­mortem sug­gested her death may have been sus­pi­cious. The 23-year-old man was ar­rested on Wed­nes­day and re­mains in cus­tody.

Be­cause of the con­di­tion of the body, po­lice have now ar­ranged for a sec­ond and more spe­cialised post­mortem to try to pro­vide more information about how Ms Con­lon died.

She lived in a small, pri­vate block of apart­ments at Lark­spur Drive, in west Belfast. It is un­der­stood she lived alone.

Lo­cal SDLP coun­cil­lor Brian Head­ing said peo­ple were in shock at news that Ms Con­lon may have been mur­dered and re­mained undis­cov­ered for so long.

“This was a heinous crime against a vul­ner­a­ble mem­ber of our com­mu­nity,” he said.

Mr Head­ing urged any­one with information about Ms Con­lon or who may have any information about the crime to bring it to po­lice.

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