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Body of Aoife Phelan identified by her family

A man was arrested in connection with the investigation last night and continues to be held today.

Image: Garda Press Office

Updated 3pm

THE FAMILY OF Aoife Phelan has formally identified her body following the completion of a post mortem examination earlier today.

Gardaí have confirmed they have received the results of the post mortem examination but they will not be released as their investigation into the suspected murder of the pregnant Laois woman continues.

A man in his 20s continues to be held as part of their investigation into the 30-year-old au pair’s murder.

The search for Aoife led to the discovery of a body near a house on the Timahoe Road outside Portlaoise just after 11am yesterday morning.

A post mortem took place at Tullamore General Hospital earlier today.

Aoife, who was was four months pregnant, was last seen on Thursday, 25 October on Colliers Lane in Portlaoise at about 8.10pm.

The alarm was raised after she failed to turn up for work on Friday morning.

Last night: Man arrested in Aoife Phelan murder investigation

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