Woman’s body undiscovered since 2015
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.