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Natasha Carruthers: Police will not say why car crash death investigated as murder

The crash happened on the Newbridge Road near Derrylin on Saturday night. Picture by Justin Kernoghan/ Photopress

POLICE have declined to reveal why the death of a young Co Fermanagh woman in a road crash is being investigated as a murder.

The PSNI were last night questioning two men and a woman as part of the probe into the death of Natasha Carruthers (23) from the Letterbreen area.

A 40-year-old man had been detained in Maguiresbridge area on Wednesday night, while a 20-year-old man was arrested in the same area yesterday afternoon.

A 20-year-old woman was also arrested yesterday on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. She has since been released.

The mother-of-one died following a collision on Newbridge Road, Derrylin last Saturday. Another woman and a man, also believed to be in their twenties, were in the car and were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

News of the murder investigation was announced by police yesterday with officers revealing that they now believe a second vehicle was involved in the crash.

They said enquiries had led them to "conclude that the collision should now be regarded as murder".

But it remained unclear what evidence had prompted police to upgrade the investigation. A PSNI spokeswoman last night refused to reveal any further information on why the probe had changed.

In an earlier statement, Detective Chief Inspector Eamon Corrigan said: "At this time we believe that a second vehicle was involved in the collision that cost Natasha her life and our enquiries to date have led us to conclude that the collision should now be regarded as murder".

"We continue to appeal to anyone who was in the Newbridge Road area of Derrylin between 11pm and 12 midnight on the night of Saturday, 7 October," he said.

"Did you see the car Natasha was travelling in, a blue Corsa - registration TLZ 8330? Or did you see any other vehicles travelling at speed on the route at around the time of the crash?

"We would also like anyone with dashcam footage that could help the investigation to please get in touch with us".

News of the murder investigation came just hours after the mother-of-one was laid to rest near Enniskillen.

Family and friends had gathered at Rossorry Parish Church on Wednesday, where they heard tributes to an "outgoing, fun-loving girl who lived life to the full".

Rev Canon Ian Ellis described Ms Carruthers as a "loving and caring mother to her beautiful baby girl" and said the family were "very stunned and shocked".

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