Northern Ireland

Remains of woman found in Belfast house identified

The suspected remains were found at a vacant house in Donegall Avenue
Image caption The woman's remains were found at a vacant house in Donegall Avenue

Police have identified the human remains of a woman whose body may have been at a vacant house in south Belfast for over a year.

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

She was Julieann Watson, 37, whose last known address was in the area.

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

In April, 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 on Thursday their enquiries into the death were continuing.

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