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Anita Downey murder: Police granted more time to question 51-year-old man after woman found dead in Lurgan

By Cate McCurry

Neighbours have told of their shock after a woman was found dead in a house on a quiet residential street in Lurgan.

Police launched a murder investigation after the body of Anita Downey, who also was known by the surname Doran, was discovered in the Toberhewny Hall area on Friday morning.

Detectives investigating the murder have been granted additional time by a court to question a 51-year-old man.

The extension was approved by a court on Saturday. Police enquiries are ongoing.

Ms Downey was seen drinking with her partner in Lurgan the night before she died.

Her body was discovered in the property after police were called shortly before 3am.

The front of the house was sealed off while an investigation was launched.

A glass window at the front of the property was found smashed, with shards lying across the garden.

Parents collecting their children from Lurgan Junior High School, which is just yards from where the victim was found, spoke of their shock.

"It's very quiet around this part of Lurgan and no one can believe what happened," one concerned mother said.

Neighbour Peter Haire, who has lived in the area all his life, also stressed it was a "very quiet" part of the town.

"The family kept to themselves and I rarely saw them," he said.

"I understand her son was in the house at the time and may have raised the alarm.

"A young family lives next door to them, and the two young girls said they heard something happening in the early hours of the morning.

"Nothing like this has ever happened before on this street and we are all shocked that a woman's life has ended in this way. It's very sad."

A post-mortem examination is due to take place today.

DUP MLA Carla Lockhart said: "This is very alarming news in what is a very quiet residential area.

"I am continuing to liaise with the PSNI. However, it would appear that in the early hours of the morning a call was made to the PSNI. My thoughts and prayers are very much with those involved.

"A family has been left bereaved with such a tragic loss."

Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell added: "Police were called to the scene at around 2.50am on Friday morning and the body of the woman was discovered inside a house.

"A post-mortem examination will take place to determine the cause of death."

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