Belfast Telegraph

Community in shock after suspicious death of woman

By Lisa Smyth

Tributes have been paid to a woman who was found dead in Lough Erne in Enniskillen at the weekend as investigations continue into her death.

A post-mortem is due to be carried out on the body of 55-year-old Rosemary Collins to establish the cause of her death.

It is believed that she originally came from Kinawley, a small village outside Enniskillen, although it is thought that she had been living in the town for the past couple of years.

Police have said they are treating her death as suspicious and have appealed for any information on her last movements as they attempt to piece together the last hours of her life.

She was last seen on the Cornagrade Road in Enniskillen at about 8.15pm on Saturday — and her body was recovered from Lough Erne at Cherry Island shortly before 2am yesterday morning.

The Cornagrade Road from Factory Road and Derrin Road towards Enniskillen, and from the Johnston roundabout remained cordoned off last night.

Sinn Fein Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Phil Flanagan said: “There is a deep sense of shock and sadness in the local community at the news of this tragic death and people are finding it very difficult to come to terms with.

“Rosemary was very well known in the local community and her loss will be deeply felt by her family and friends. I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to them all at this difficult time.”

Ulster Unionist Assemblyman for the area Tom Elliott said: “Any sudden death is a tragedy and a difficult time for family, but when the circumstances of the death are unclear and there are questions over what happened it is even more difficult.

“I would hope the police are able to come to some sort of conclusion about what happened to this lady as soon as possible, but it is also important that they carry out a full and proper investigation to answer the questions that remain,” he added.

Robert Irvine, a member of Fermanagh District Council, said: “This is a very sad time for this lady’s family and I would like to express my sympathies to them.”

A PSNI spokesman said that detectives would like to speak to anyone who saw Ms Collins in the hours leading up to the discovery of her body in the early hours of Sunday morning.

She was wearing a grey jacket over a pink hooded top, dark jeans and light trainers.

The spokesman asked for anyone with any information to ring police on 0845 600 8000 or to freephone Crimestoppers anonymously and in complete confidence on 0800 555 111.

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