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Skeletal remains in south Belfast: no signs of violence

By Catherine Lynagh

Human remains found by workmen at a vacant property in south Belfast were that of an adult female, police have said.

A post-mortem examination has revealed that the woman’s body may have lain undiscovered for more than a year.

Police said the cause of death is undetermined but that the post- mortem revealed no obvious signs of violence.

The human remains were found by workmen on Tuesday at a house at Donegall Avenue, close to the Donegall Road, at 10am.

The workers had been sent to clear rubbish from the property after neighbours complained about a pungent smell.

One of the men who made the gruesome discovery told the Belfast Telegraph: “We were about halfway through clearing the yard when we came across the skeleton.

“It looked to me as if it had been there for a couple of years.”

Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the death and are keen to identify the woman.

The woman, who had long dark hair, was wearing Primark Active brand 3/4 length khaki green trousers size 8-10, a Topman brand striped top in man's size 42, and white Puma track shoes size 5.

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