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Nothing stolen from Michaela Harte’s bedroom, police say

But police in Mauritius are refusing to rule out robbery as a motive.

Mickey Harte with son Matthew and Michaela
Mickey Harte with son Matthew and Michaela
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POLICE IN MAURITIUS investigating the murder of Michaela Harte say nothing is missing from the bedroom she was sharing with her husband, the Down footballer John McAreavey.

Officer Yusef Soopun told TheJournal.ie police are still pursuing the theory that the newlywed, who is the daughter of Tyrone manager Mickey Harte, may have surprised an intruder before he or she had the opportunity to take anything.

The husband has completed an inventory of the room. Everything is still there – money, jewels, laptop. Nothing is missing. The murderer may have been surprised before he could take anything – we just don’t know yet.

There is no sign of forced entry to the room, he added. Police believe the assailant may have gained access to the room using a magnetic key.

Interviews are continuing with the six suspects who have been identified, and a forensic examination of the scene is being carried out at the moment.

Until those interviews are completed, we just don’t know what the motive was.

Soopun added that he remains confident of making a breakthrough later today.

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