Latest: Mother of Donegal woman found dead in India says she will be 'sadly missed'

Latest: Mother of Donegal woman found dead in India says she will be 'sadly missed'

Latest: The mother of Danielle McLaughlin, who has been found dead in a Goa tourist resort, has paid tribute to her daughter saying she will be "sadly missed".

    What we know so far:

  • Danielle McLaughlin has been found dead in India
  • She is from Buncrana, Donegal, but reports state she was living in Liverpool
  • A murder investigation has been launched
  • A man is due in court over her death today

Update - 4.45pm: The mother of Danielle McLaughlin, who has been found dead in a Goa tourist resort, has paid tribute to her daughter saying she will be "sadly missed".

Ms McLaughlin, 28, was discovered in Canacona, a popular tourist area in the south of the Indian state.

In a written statement issued by a close friend on behalf of the family in Buncrana, Co Donegal, Andrea Brannigan said: "The family would like to express our thanks to all who have got in touch since receiving this awful news.

"As you can expect we are finding it very difficult at this trying time.

"We want to thank the Irish and British consulates, along with Colin from the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, and many friends who have assisted at this time. Danielle will be sadly missed by us all."

Latest: Mother of Donegal woman found dead in India says she will be 'sadly missed'

Update - 4pm: Christy Duffy, a close friend of Ms McLaughlin's from Buncrana, has already raised several thousand euro on a fundraising website to help pay for the funeral and repatriation costs.

"There's not really much anyone can say at the moment as I know we are all completely devastated," he said.

"There is nothing I need to say about Danielle as anyone who knew her, knew that she was a beautiful and kind-hearted, funny young lady who loved life and was a loyal and devoted friend, sister and daughter.

"They say the brightest stars burn the quickest and no other analogy could describe Danielle's life better."

Mr Duffy said the Irish embassy, the British embassy, the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and many close friends are working hard on the arrangements to bring Ms McLaughlin's body home.

"The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust have been brilliant and cover most arrangements and expenses, so basically this fundraiser is to help her family with the added costs of having someone with her when she returns and to give her the send-off she deserves," he said.

Update - 3.42pm: Suresh Velip, head constable at Goa Police, said a 24-year-old Indian man remains in custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder.

Asked about details around the case, he told the Press Association: "It is still under investigation."

Mr Velip said Ms McLaughlin's body was found in a remote area near Deobagh Beach in Canacona on Tuesday morning.

The police man said a post-mortem examination had been carried out, but he declined to disclose any details of the findings.

The suspect is expected to appear in court in Canacona at some stage.

Latest: Mother of Donegal woman found dead in India says she will be 'sadly missed'

Update - 3.30pm: The mother of British teenager Scarlett Keeling who was found dead on Goa's popular Anjuna beach in 2008 said she her heart sank after hearing of the killing.

The 15-year-old drowned after allegedly being plied with drugs.

Two men, Samson D'Souza and Placido Carvalho, were cleared of raping and killing her by an Indian court last year.

Fiona MacKeown said: "It is horrific. My heart breaks for her family and friends. I know what they are going through.

"It really makes my heart sink. I just feel so sad for her mum, siblings and friends."

"It just brings it all back".

Ms MacKeown found that dealing with the Goan police and authorities while grieving over her daughter was "frustrating" and like "banging your head against a brick wall".

She hoped Ms McLaughlin's family would not have to face a similar trauma and added "it is a possibility, but it is early days yet in the investigation and I hope it works out well" for them.

A statement from Liverpool John Moores University said: "The university is shocked and saddened to hear of the death of one of our former students, Danielle McLaughlin.

"We send our sincere condolences to her family and friends from all at LJMU."

A spokesman would not say what Miss McLaughlin studied at the university or when she left.

Update - 2.05pm: Rena Donaghey, a Buncrana councillor who knows Ms McLaughlin's mother and family, described their grief as unthinkable.

"This has come as a great shock," she said.

"A young girl, an independent woman, heading off to do what young girls and fellas do these days.

"It is unthinkable what happened to her.

"And for her mother, being so far away from home, it makes it all the more difficult.

"All our thoughts and prayers are with the family, that they can get through this difficult time."

Ms Donaghey said Ms McLaughlin, who was 28, had been studying and living in Liverpool before travelling for a time in Australia.

Danielle McLaughlin (centre) in 2014. Pic via Facebook
Danielle McLaughlin (centre) in 2014. Pic via Facebook

She was in her home town of Buncrana before setting off to India last month.

On her own Facebook page, dated February 22, Ms McLaughlin posted: "Thank you to all my friends and family for making home so special and always looking after me. I am very grateful and the luckiest person I know...Off on another adventure... "

Dozens of people posted tributes on the social media website.

One said: "Sleep peacefully Danielle, my thoughts are with your family and loved ones. The horrors you have suffered are over x x x"

Another wrote: "Love you Danielle, you had the most beautiful soul."

Update - 11.55am: Police in India are reported to have got a confession from a man saying he raped an Irish woman found dead at a coastal resort in the country.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Sammy Tavares told reporters thay have a suspect who has confessed.

Supt Tavares said: "He has confessed to raping the victim and later killing her in order to hide his identity."

"We are investigating people with whom she was playing Holi during a party here. Her friend has also given us some leads and we are questioning some suspects,” another police officer said.

Police have questioned six people in connection with her death and one man is due before court today.

Update - 11.05am: The suspected murder of an Irish woman at a coastal resort in Goa has horrified her home town in Ireland, the local parish priest has said.

The victim, named locally as Danielle McLaughlin, who was aged in her 20s, was discovered dead in Canacona, a popular tourist area in the south of the Indian state.

A post-mortem examination is to be carried out. It will reportedly determine what charges are put to the suspect.

Ms McLaughlin grew up in Buncrana, Co Donegal, but reports suggest she had been living in Liverpool.

It is understood she grew up with her grandparents and had returned to Buncrana last year when her grandfather died.

Fr John Walsh, parish priest, said the woman's mother had suffered a number of bereavements.

"The absolute horror of this girl's murder has stunned the community," he said.

"We feel for her mother in particular and her siblings."

Update - 10.15am: An Irish woman believed to have been murdered after being found dead near a beach in Goa was travelling under a British passport.

Local media said her body was unclothed and she had marks on her head and face.

The Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin had confirmed it was talking to its embassy in India about the reports.

The Department later said it was "following up on the suspected murder of an Irish woman in Goa" who had been "using a British passport".

"It has been confirmed that the woman travelled to India using a British passport, so the local British consulate have the lead responsibility in terms of dealings with the Indian authorities," the spokesman added.

Latest: Mother of Donegal woman found dead in India says she will be 'sadly missed'

"The Irish Embassy is liaising closely with the British authorities and an Irish consular official is travelling from New Delhi to Goa today."

Update - 9.05am: A murder investigation has been launched after an Irish woman was found dead near a beach in Goa.

A number of people have been questioned and one man was arrested.

A post-mortem examination is to be carried out which will reportedly determine if sexual assault charges are put to the suspect.

The Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin confirmed it was talking to its embassy in India about the reports.

"Ireland's Embassy in New Delhi is in contact with Indian authorities in relation to reports of an incident involving an Irish citizen," a spokesman said.

"The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade stands ready to provide consular assistance."

Earlier: There are reports that an Irish woman has been found dead in India.

Local media reports the body of the woman was found near Deobagh beach in the Canacona area in the south of the state.

Police said the woman, who is understood to be in her late 20s, had bruising to her body and facial injuries.

They also believe she had been holidaying in the area, and the Times of India has reported that the woman was murdered.

It also reported that a man has been arrested.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has said the Irish embassy in New Delhi is in contact with authorities in India in relation to reports of an incident involving an Irish citizen, and is ready to provide consular assistance.

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