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Jennifer Dornan murder probe police keen to trace small silver car seen speeding away from scene

By Staff Reporter

Published 04/08/2015

Jennifer Dornan's father Stephen speaks at the vigil. Photo: Kevin Scott / Presseye
Jennifer Dornan's father Stephen speaks at the vigil. Photo: Kevin Scott / Presseye
A murder investigation has been launched after the body of a woman was found following a house fire on the outskirts of west Belfast. She was Jennifer Dornan, 30, a mother of three. Friends and neighbours organised a vigil for the dead woman that was held outside her Lagmore home in Belfast on Monday evening. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
A murder investigation has been launched after the body of a woman was found following a house fire on the outskirts of west Belfast. She was Jennifer Dornan, 30, a mother of three. Friends and neighbours organised a vigil for the dead woman that was held outside her Lagmore home in Belfast on Monday evening. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
A murder investigation has been launched after the body of a woman was found following a house fire on the outskirts of west Belfast. She was Jennifer Dornan, 30, a mother of three. Friends and neighbours organised a vigil for the dead woman that was held outside her Lagmore home in Belfast on Monday evening. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
A murder investigation has been launched after the body of a woman was found following a house fire on the outskirts of west Belfast. She was Jennifer Dornan, 30, a mother of three. Friends and neighbours organised a vigil for the dead woman that was held outside her Lagmore home in Belfast on Monday evening. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 3rd August 2015 - Vigil for Jennifer Dornan Pictured is the sister of Jennifer Dornan, Claire Dornan in the Lagmore area holding a vigil for Murder victim Jennifer Dornan after she was found dead following a blaze in her Hazel View home in the West of the City. Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 3rd August 2015 - Vigil for Jennifer Dornan Pictured is MLA Jennifer McCann in the Lagmore area holding a vigil for Murder victim Jennifer Dornan after she was found dead following a blaze in her Hazel View home in the West of the City. Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Sister of Jennifer Dornan, Claire Dornan, pictured during the vigil. Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Members of the public in the Lagmore area holding a vigil for murder victim Jennifer Dornan. Photo: Kevin Scott / Presseye
Members of the public in the Lagmore area holding a vigil for murder victim Jennifer Dornan. Photo: Kevin Scott / Presseye
Members of the public in the Lagmore area holding a vigil for murder victim Jennifer Dornan. Photo: Kevin Scott / Presseye
Members of the public in the Lagmore area holding a vigil for murder victim Jennifer Dornan. Photo: Kevin Scott / Presseye
Members of the public in the Lagmore area holding a vigil for murder victim Jennifer Dornan. Photo: Kevin Scott / Presseye
Members of the public in the Lagmore area holding a vigil for murder victim Jennifer Dornan. Photo: Kevin Scott / Presseye
Sister of Jennifer Dornan, Claire Dornan, pictured during the vigil. Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
Tributes have been paid to Jennifer Dornan who died in a fire at her home in Dunmurry yesterday morning
Tributes have been paid to Jennifer Dornan who died in a fire at her home in Dunmurry yesterday morning
Tributes have been paid to Jennifer Dornan who died in a fire at her home in Dunmurry yesterday morning

A small silver car seen speeding away from the scene of the murder could be the key to finding the killer of Jennifer Dornan.

Ms Dornan had been on a night out with friends in the popular Devenish complex in the hours before she died, police revealed last night.

After leaving the Finaghy Road North pub at around 1.30am on Sunday, she had gone to a friend's house, returning at 3am on foot to her own home in Hazel View.

Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes of Serious Crime Branch, who is leading the investigation, said: "Following the results of a post mortem, Jennifer's death has been declared a murder.

"It goes without saying that her family are devastated - firstly by the news of her death, and now the added heartbreak of knowing that this was a murder.

"Jennifer leaves behind three children, all under the age of nine.

"They don't understand what's happened to their mum.

"I am appealing for anyone who saw Jennifer in the bar on Saturday night or Sunday morning, or who saw her walking in the Hazel View area on Sunday morning between 3 and 4am, to come forward."

The police officer said he was particularly interested in hearing from anyone who had seen a small silver car speeding away from the Hazel View area early on Sunday morning.

The senior officer declined to say at this stage exactly how Ms Dornan had died.

The NI Fire and Rescue Service has not yet established how the fire started.

Anyone with information should call the police non-emergency number 101 and ask for detectives, or call anonymously using the Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111.

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