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Police release man as death of Mary McLaughlin ruled unsuspicious

By Joanne Fleming

Published 18/04/2016

A forensic officer at the house on Glenshane Road in Claudy
A forensic officer at the house on Glenshane Road in Claudy

The sudden death of a 36-year-old woman in Co Londonderry is no longer being treated as suspicious by police.

The woman, named locally as Mary McLaughlin (née Lynn), died at a house on the Glenshane Road in the village of Claudy on Saturday.

Police initially arrested a 62-year-old man, understood to be her partner.

But on Sunday afternoon, after a post-mortem examination was carried out, police said the woman's death was not suspicious.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey said: "A man arrested following the death has been released unconditionally."

The mother-of-two, who moved to Claudy recently, was originally from Dungiven.

Claudy parish priest Father David O'Kane said that while Ms McLaughlin had not lived long in the area, there was a sense of sadness among locals at her sudden death.

Fr O'Kane said he attended the Glenshane Road home to say prayers as her body was removed for post-mortem examination.

"I could not say the last rites as they would not allow me to touch the body, but they allowed me to say prayers," he said.

"The feeling locally is one of sadness and shock, this is only a small village."

Fr O'Kane said Ms McLaughlin's family had attended the house and was struggling with the tragedy.

"It is a difficult time and very upsetting for the family," he said.

Funeral details have yet to be confirmed.

McLaughlin Funeral Directors in Dungiven has asked anyone with enquiries to contact it.

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