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Woman found brutally killed in Co Louth named as Elzbieta Piotrowska

Elzbieta Piotrowska was attacked at her home in Ardee. Picture by RTÉ

THE woman found brutally killed at a house in Co Louth has been named as Elzbieta Piotrowska.

A 32-year-old man, believed to have been known to the victim, was last night still being questioned by Gardaí following the death of the 57-year-old.

A post-mortem was due to be carried out on Ms Piotrowska's body yesterday following reports she had suffered severe injuries. It is believed she was attacked with an axe.

Gardaí were called to a house in the Clonmore estate in Ardee on Tuesday at around 11.30am after Ms Piotrowska was found by a friend who had called to collect her.

Detectives launched a manhunt and a suspect was detained by gardai around two hours later. It is understood the man may have left the scene by taxi, which took him to the Drumconrath area.

He was arrested in the Bridge Street area of Ardee at around 1pm.

Gardai yesterday continued to carry out forensic examinations at four locations, including the murder scene. They have said they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the investigation and are following a definite line of inquiry.

The mother-of-two, who was originally from Poland, is understood to have lived in the Ardee area for around 10 years.

It was reported that her husband was at work at the time of the brutal killing. It is also believed that her daughter was in Poland when she told of her mother's death.

The family had rented the property in Clonmore for seven years.

Richard Lynch, who owns the house, said the family are "lovely people". He paid tribute to Ms Piotrowska, describing her as a "lovely woman".

Mr Lynch told RTÉ that the family were good people and he was very sorry to hear what happened.

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