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Michaela McAreavey murder: Elite Mauritius task force set up to track down killer

John McAreavey in Mauritius in bid to get justice over honeymoon murder

An elite task force has been set up in Mauritius in a bid to bring those responsible for the killing of Michaela McAreavey to justice.

Mrs McAreavey (27), daughter of Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte, was strangled while on honeymoon six years ago. Her widower John has traveled back to the island to make a fresh appeal for information to help track down her killer.

He visited with senior police officers on Monday morning and told the media the meeting was "short but positive".

He said he hoped the new task force uncovered "fresh and compelling evidence".

A confidential hotline is also being set up. Prosecutors have insisted the case remains open and they are determined to bring those to justice.

Mrs McAreavey was killed at the luxury Legends Hotel just 12 days after her wedding.

No-one has been convicted of the murder.

At the weekend Mr McAreavey returned to Mauritius to make the new plea for information.

A confidential telephone line is being set up by his lawyer on the island, Dick Ng Sui Wa. There will also be an address where people can post potential new evidence.

Just before his return to the island, he told the BBC that he was prepared "to go to the ends of the Earth to ensure that justice is achieved for Michaela".

He added: "We need to appeal to the people of Mauritius, so we felt that the best way to achieve that is to get on a plane and get out there."

Mr McAreavey is accompanied by his sister Claire and Michaela's brother Mark.

In 2012 two hotel workers - Avinash Treebhoowoon and Sandip Moneea -were found not guilty of Michaela's murder following a trial.

Mr McAreavey remarried in September last year. His wife Tara Brennan is an accountant from Co Kildare.

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