Murder inquiry: Woman's body lay in west Belfast flat 'for two years'

 Police have launched a murder inquiry after a woman's body was found in a west Belfast flat last week

POLICE have said a woman whose body was found in a west Belfast flat last week may have died more than two years ago.

The body of 68-year-old Marie Conlon was found in the flat on Larkspur Rise off Suffolk Road on Friday. Her death is being treated as murder and a 23-year-old man has been arrested.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Dickson said: "Officers forced entry to her Larkspur Rise home and discovered her deceased in bed. It was apparent that she had lain undiscovered for some time.

"A post mortem examination was carried out and the results suggest that the death may have been suspicious. Further testing is due to take place.

"Detectives investigating the circumstances of the death have established that the last known sighting of Ms Conlon was in January 2015. It is our belief, supported by the medical evidence, that her death may have occurred at around this time.

"We have launched a murder investigation and a 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including murder. He was detained in the west Belfast area yesterday and remains in custody at present."

Police have appealed for information.

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