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Police appeal over Tara Wright, who was found dead at Belfast hospital

Tragic: Tara Wright
Tragic: Tara Wright
Tara Wright’s body was discovered on Sunday morning

By Staff Reporter

Police have issued a fresh appeal into the circumstances surrounding the death of 17-year-old Tara Wright.

Ms Wright was found dead in a car outside Belfast City Hospital on March 24.

Her death is believed to be connected to a single-vehicle crash on the Ballygowan Road in Castlereagh in the early hours of that morning.

PSNI Inspector Nigel Henry said police have revisited the scene of the crash as part of their investigation and are focusing on the events leading up to Tara Wright's death.

"We believe that the silver Mercedes car Tara was travelling in was in the area of Gourley's Bar near the roundabout in Ballygowan around 1.25am on Sunday, March 24," he said.

"We would like to hear from anyone who noticed this car between 11pm on Saturday, March 23 and 1.30am on Sunday, March 24.

"I would also like to thank all of those who have come forward with information already and ask again for anyone who witnessed a grey coloured MG car between Ballygowan Road and the Belfast City Hospital during the early hours of Sunday, March 24 to contact us.

"If you have dash cam footage which you believe is relevant to this investigation, you can contact us on 101, quoting reference number 227 of 24/03/19."

Four men aged 20, 21, 28 and 30 arrested in the wake of the incident have since been released on bail and continue to assist police with their enquiries.

In a statement released last week by Tara's family they told of their devastation and said she would be "missed immeasurably".

Police examine the car Tara was discovered inside at City Hospital
Police examine the car Tara was discovered inside at City Hospital

They said: "As parents we are devastated by the heartbreaking passing of our beautiful daughter Tara.

"Tara was a kind, funny, charismatic bright young girl with her whole life ahead of her and we can't believe that we now have to say goodbye to her.

"Tara will be remembered as she lived, a fun-loving, energetic and vibrant soul with a zest for life that could bring joy to all around her."

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