Belfast murder victim ‘lay dead for two years’

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A police vehicle was stationed outside the flat complex on Thursday morning

The body of a woman who is believed to have been murdered may have lain undiscovered for more than two years, police have said.

Marie Conlon, 68, was discovered dead in bed in a flat at Larkspur Rise in west Belfast last Friday.

A 23-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday and remains in custody.

Detectives have established that the last known sighting of Ms Conlon was in January 2015.

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

“We have launched a murder investigation and a 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including murder.

“He was detained in the west Belfast area yesterday and remains in custody at present.”

Ch Insp Dickson said authorities were alerted on Friday after concerns were raised about the welfare of Ms Conlon.

“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,” he said.

“A post-mortem examination was carried out and the results suggest that the death may have been suspicious. Further testing is due to take place.”

Belfast murder victim ‘lay dead for two years’

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