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Murder investigation: Woman's body may have been in Belfast flat for over two years

A murder investigation has been launched and a 23-year-old man has been arrested.

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A WOMAN WHOSE body was found at a flat in west Belfast last Friday may have died more than two years ago, according to police in Northern Ireland.

Authorities were alerted on Friday after concerns were raised about the welfare of 68-year-old Marie Conlon.

PSNI officers forced entry into her Larkspur Rise home and discovered her body.

“It was apparent that she had lain undiscovered for some time,” according to Detective Chief Inspector Alan Dickson.

Detectives investigating the circumstances of the death have established that the last known sighting of Conlon was in January 2015.

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

A postmortem examination was carried out and the results suggest that the death may have been suspicious. Further testing is due to take place.

A murder investigation has been launched 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.

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

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