Family "Heartbroken" After Woman Found Dead In Belfast

Police forced entry to the door of the flat after concerns were raised about Marie Conlon's welfare

68-year-old Marie Conlon was discovered at the property on Larkspur Rise last Friday - after concerns were raised for her welfare.

The 23-year-old was released unconditionally on suspicion of murder while forensic examinations continue to establish the cause of death. The last sighting of Conlon was in January 2015, and according to medical evidence, her death also likely occurred around this time.

The Sinn Féin councillor Séanna Walsh said Conlon's family were shocked and "overwhelmed with grief".

In a statement, relatives of the Belfast woman say she was "a very independent person".

Her family say the circumstances of her death are "difficult to comprehend".

"The circumstances surrounding this death are yet to be established but at the moment we have a family who are grieving and I would ask that their privacy is respected. He was detained in the west Belfast area yesterday and remains in custody at present".

"We hope and pray that justice will be done". He said people come and go regularly in the type of accommodation the deceased lived in and there is not much contact with neighbours.

The PSNI said tonight that it had been asked to issue the following statement from the Conlon family.

He said: "It's hard enough that Marie's been found dead, but then for the family to be told she may have been murdered".

"It's obviously a very hard time for them, and they're just waiting to hear what they can from the police".

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