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'Further investigation' Police launch official probe into 'unnatural death' of Irishwoman in Goa

"We have registered a case of unnatural death. The post mortem report is awaited"

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The beach at Condolim

The beach at Condolim

The beach at Condolim

Indian police will carry out an official investigation into the death of an Irishwoman in Goa whose body was discovered in a rented flat in the beachside town of Condolim. 

The 66-year-old Irish woman was found dead in the apartment behind a locked door in the small town on Monday.

Police who have also taken statements from her friends have now declared it to be a case of “unnatural death”.

“We will carry out further investigation as per the autopsy report and statement of her friends,” North Goa superintendent of police Shobit Saxena said on Tuesday.

He told reporters at the North Goa district police headquarters: “One Irish lady was found dead in Candolim in her rented room.

"Her body was discovered by two of her friends. We have registered a case of unnatural death. The post mortem report is awaited.”

According to local media reports, the alarm was raised when a British friend tried to contact the woman on her mobile.

When there was no response to her message, the British woman asked her husband to check on her.

However, as the door was locked from the inside he had to ask the flat owner to open the door. As they entered they found the deceased “lying in a sleeping posture on the bed."

Local police were contacted and an ambulance later brought the Irish woman to PHC (Primary Health Center) Candolim where she was declared dead.

“The cause of death is reserved,” one local paper reported yesterday, adding that investigations are “in progress."

Candolim is located just north of the Mandovi river and is home to Goa's most popular and well-known resort and holiday village.

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“As such, it's not a typical backpackers destination,” TripAdvisor notes.

“However, it is also a very popular evening destination as it has a number of very good restaurants and night clubs."

According to local media, over the last fortnight a series of deaths of foreign nationals, including two Russian nationals, living in coastal villages have been reported in the state.

Last week, the body of an unidentified male person was found lying in the bushes at Candolim beach.

The body, “said to be of a non-Goan, was found with injuries in the sand-dune vegetation behind the Hindu crematorium, next to the parking area at the Candolim promenade by some residents at around 7.30pm”.

“They then informed the police who reached the spot, and after conducting panchanama, transported the body to the Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim, to conduct an autopsy,” one media report states.

“Sources said it is suspected to be a case of murder.

“This is the second body found in the Calangute-Candolim beach belt within a week. Last Thursday the body of a 19-year-old girl from Nachinola was found on Calangute beach, sparking a major controversy in the state with allegations of foul play.”

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