Woman whose remains were discovered in her Mayo home may have died a few days ago

Gardaí investigating following discovery of body in Westport on Saturday

Gardaí are investigating following the discovery of a woman’s body in Westport, Co Mayo.   File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí are investigating following the discovery of a woman’s body in Westport, Co Mayo. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

 

Gardaí believe a woman whose remains were discovered in her home in Westport, Co Mayo, this weekend had been dead for some time.

Gardaí are investigating “all the circumstances” surrounding the death.

The woman’s body was discovered by a relative in an apartment on Castlebar Street on Saturday afternoon.

The woman’s death is being treated as unexplained at present and it was not clear if she had met with foul play. There were no obvious signs of third party involvement, sources said.

When the alarm was raised on Saturday, gardaí called to the property and sealed off the apartment as a potential crime scene while awaiting the arrival of a pathologist to carry out a preliminary examination of the remains.

It is believed she may have been dead for several days.

A postmortem was carried out on Sunday but the Garda said the results will not be released for operational reasons.