Northern Ireland

Antrim murder: Pauline Carmichael's family speak of loss

A family photo of Pauline Carmichael Image copyright Family photo filmed by BBC
Image caption Police are treating the death of Pauline Carmichael, 61, as murder

The daughter of a murdered County Antrim woman has spoken of her family's loss a day after the victim's body was discovered on the shore of Lough Neagh.

Pauline Carmichael was found dead on the shore at Lough Road on Wednesday. She was last seen near her home in Hillside, Antrim, on Monday night.

Her daughter, Realana Mitchell, told the BBC her mother was a good person who loved her family and helped others.

Police are continuing to question a 37-year-old man in relation to her death.

'So sad'

A 59-year-old man who was also arrested in connection with Ms Carmichael's death has been released unconditionally.

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Media captionRealana Mitchell said her mother was a good person who loved helping others

Ms Mitchell told the BBC she had "good memories" of her mother.

"She was a good person. She loved her kids, her grandchildren," she said.

"She was an easy person to talk to - she would've listened, she would've done anything for anybody. It's just so sad, the news that we got."

'Being strong'

Ms Mitchell said her mother was well known as someone who had a good sense of humour and loved life.

"She liked a joke, like the best of us," she said.

"People could see the funny side of her and how she enjoyed life. It's just very unfortunate."

An emotional Ms Mitchell said her family were coping with coming to terms with their loss and were "being strong for our Dad".

Image caption Police have formally identified the body recovered from the shore of Lough Neagh as Pauline Carmichael

Earlier on Thursday, police said they were conducting "extensive search activity" and said information provided to them led them to believe that Ms Carmichael had been murdered.

The victim was wearing pyjamas when she was last alive.