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Appeal to help young girl whose mother found murdered in Co Armagh

The woman died at a house in Church Street in Portadown. Picture by Mal McCann
Suzanne McGonagle

AN appeal has been launched to help support the young girl whose mother was found murdered at their home in Co Armagh.

The 37-year-old woman's body was discovered at a house in Church Street in Portadown following reports of a fire during the early hours of Tuesday.

The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was pronounced dead at the scene. The exact cause of her death remains unclear.

Giving Grace, which runs a community shop in the town, had appealed for help in providing donations to the woman's 12-year-old daughter, who was rescued from the blaze.

It said it had liaised with Craigavon Area Hospital, where the child is being treated, to find out what clothing and essential items the young girl needs.

Writing on social media later, it published a list of items the child needs.

"The little girl loves purple and pokeman, so anything related along those lines would be amazing," it also wrote.

"We also will accept monetary donations to help her in the future.

"Thanks to all those who have reached out already."

It comes as a 25-year-old man is still being questioned by police investigating the woman's murder.

Police said he was also arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life. He remains in custody at Musgrave Serious Crime Suite.

Forensic examinations continued on Wednesday. Picture by Mal McCann


Forensic teams remained at the scene of the blaze on Wednesday, while searches of man-holes and gullies also carried out.

On Tuesday night, police closed off an area close to St Mark's Church in Portadown and a number of forensic officers were seen examining the scene.

A cordon remained in place close to the scene of the fire on Wednesday, but was expected to be removed later in the evening.

On Tuesday, the PSNI confirmed it was investigating the circumstances around the sudden death of the woman before later launching a murder probe.

It has been reported that the woman’s body was discovered just outside the property.

“Sadly, a 37-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene,” said DCI Rachel Wilson .

“We have now launched a murder investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death.

“A number of residents have been evacuated from their homes in the area due to the fire.

“Our investigation continues and I am appealing to anyone with information, or who witnessed anything untoward, to please get in touch.

"Likewise, if you have captured dash cam footage, please contact officers on 101."

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