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Tyrella beach body may be that of missing Dubliner

By Allan Preston

Published 04/02/2016

Investigation: Police at Tyrella
Investigation: Police at Tyrella

Police on both sides of the border are investigating whether the body washed up on a Co Down beach is that of a woman from the Republic.

The identity of the body washed up on Tyrella beach earlier this week remains unknown.

The PSNI is working with Garda to investigate the possibility it could be a missing woman from Dublin.

She was last seen on January 22. An unsuccessful search was carried out by the Irish Coastguard.

The PSNI said the body was reported on the eastern end of the beach at around 3.10pm on Tuesday.

Local DUP councillor Harry Harvey said his thoughts were with the woman's family and also for the dog walker who made the discovery.

"For the person who walks along and discovers the woman in that condition, it's bound to be hard on them," he said.

"Even though they're still trying to work on the identification, it's somebody's family, they would be close to this person and thinking about them now."

Mr Harvey added that he would frequently go walking on Tyrella beach and said he hoped "it wouldn't be long before we get answers".

On Tuesday Sinn Fein MLA Chris Hazzard added his condolences.

"The discovery of the body of a woman on the east end of Tyrella Strand is a tragedy," he said.

"My thoughts are with the family and friends of this woman at this sad and difficult time."

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie extended her condolences to the family and friends of the woman.

"Deepest sympathies to family and friends of the bereaved lady. Yesterday's news has brought immense sadness to the local community," she said.

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