Investigation launched after woman's body is found in Belfast
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a young woman in the Four Winds area of Belfast yesterday.
It is understood that her body was found in a wooded area between Burnside Park and Colby Park in the south-east of the city.
A post mortem examination is due to be carried out and the PSNI has issued no further details at this stage.
Shocked residents in the quiet residential area said they were horrified by the young woman's death.
James Wilson, who lives opposite the wooded glen where the grim discovery was made, told the Belfast Telegraph: "I've lived here for 35 years, and there has never been anything like this happened here.
"This is a quiet mixed area.
"To see so many police, ambulances and people in forensic suits in our street has been a shock to us all.
"This is a dreadful thing to have happened. "It really is just awful."
A few doors away, an elderly resident who did not wish to be named, said the street had been seething with activity after the young woman's body was discovered, as the police began their follow-up enquiries.
She said: "We're all stunned at the news.
"I can't stop thinking about the poor girl and her family."
Police have not yet indicated whether they are treating the death as suspicious.
A resident also said that the wooded glen had at one time been the focus of anti-social behaviour.
However, this had been brought to an end after a gate was erected to which only residents had keys.
Local independent councillor Geraldine Rice told the Belfast Telegraph she could hardly believe the news when she was told.
"There's never been anything like that in Burnside," she said. "I can't believe it.
"It's such a quiet area. The residents are mostly elderly.
"It's a cul-de-sac and in 30 years as a councillor there's never been any trouble there."
Last night a PSNI spokesman said: "Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of a female in the Four Winds area of Belfast this afternoon.
"A post mortem examination is due to be carried out and there are no further details at this stage."