Woman's partially-clothed body found washed up on Tyrella Beach in Northern Ireland
A woman's body was discovered partially clothed on Tyrella Beach near Downpatrick yesterday.
It's believed that a dog walker made the grim discovery at around 3.10pm near the high water mark on the eastern end of the beach on Tyrella Strand.
Part of the beach was sealed off for investigation while the South Down Coastguard provided assistance.
It's not known how long the female had been there.
Sinn Fein MLA Chris Hazzard was among those who expressed their condolences.
"The discovery of the body of a woman on the east end of Tyrella Strand is a tragedy. The local community has been shocked and saddened at this discovery," 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 shock and sadness to the local community," she said.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with this woman's family and friends to whom I wish to extend my deepest sympathies.
"I commend the great work of our emergency services including the Coastguard at this tragic time."
As the news came in, residents in the area expressed their shock on social media.
Stephanie Rooney said: "Right across the road from my house. So scary. God love the family."
Dawn McKay commented: "Sad News. Some poor family this evening going to get the most terrible news." She added: "Bless the man that found her also, will affect him for a very long time."
Ballynahinch resident Robert Valentine said: "This is so sad. She is someone's daughter, sister, wife or gran. May she rest in peace."
A PSNI spokesman said yesterday: "Police are in attendance at the find of a body on a beach near Downpatrick at approximately 3.10pm on Tuesday 2, February."