Northern Ireland

Woman's remains were in Belfast house for a year

The suspected remains were found at a vacant house in Donegall Avenue
Image caption The human remains were found at a vacant house in Donegall Avenue

The human remains found in a vacant house in south Belfast earlier this week were that of a woman.

A post-mortem examination has also revealed that her body may have been in the property in Donegall Avenue for over a year.

The remains were found among rubbish during the clearance of the house in the Village area.

Police said the cause of death was still unclear but there were no obvious signs of violence.

Neighbours had noticed a pungent smell for some months and had contacted the authorities.

Contractors were then sent out to clear the house.

Police said they were continuing to investigate the circumstances around the death and examine the area where she was found.

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