Family "shocked and heartbroken" after woman found dead in west Belfast

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2017

A woman found deceased inside a Belfast home may have laid undiscovered for up to two years, authorities say. Police investigated her whereabouts following concerns about her welfare.

After forcing entry into her Larkspur Rise flat, officers found her body in bed, where it had clearly "lain undiscovered" for some time.

He said postmortem examination results suggested the death may have been suspicious.

A man aged 23 was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Anyone who believes they may have information that could assist the investigation is asked to call police on 101.

The body of 68-year-old Marie Conlon was found at a flat in west Belfast on 6 October by police responding to reports regarding concerns about her welfare.

He added: "Officers forced entry to her Larkspur Rise home and discovered her deceased in bed. It was apparent that she had lain undiscovered for some time". The last sighting of Conlon was in January 2015, and according to medical evidence, her death also likely occurred around this time.

Ch Insp Alan Dickson said a 23-year-old man was arrested in West Belfast on Wednesday and remains in custody. "He was detained in the west Belfast area yesterday and remains in custody at present".

Sinn Féin councillor Séanna Walsh, who knows the woman's family, said they are "distraught" about what had happened. "They are shocked. They are grieving", he said.

"This type of accommodation is very transitory, there's people coming and going all the time. I just find it tragic, the whole episode", she said.

A local SDLP councillor Brian Heading said that it was tragic that someone like Conlon could fall off the community's radar. "We should be looking out for one another".

"We don't look out for our neighbours", he said. This is something that people need to think about.

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