Gardaí were tonight searching for the murder weapon used to kill a mother-of-three in Louth.
The body of Irene White, 43, was discovered yesterday by her 70-year-old mother in the home at Demesne Road, Dundalk, Co Louth.
Officers believe she may have been washing dishes at the kitchen sink before the incident took place.
Superintendent Pat McGee, who is leading the murder investigation, said detectives were following up a number of leads.
“Searches are going on in the the area of the house where Irene White was found, also in a park beside her house for a murder weapon,” he said.
A post mortem examination carried out by the State Pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy, last night concluded that Ms White died of multiple stab wounds.
Ms White was the separated mother of three daughters – Jennifer, 17, as well as Dairine and Damhan, who were both under 10-years-old.
She was last seen at around 9.30am yesterday as she dropped the two youngest children at school.
Superintendent McGee said gardaí were trying to establish what had happened in the critical period between then and lunchtime, when her body was discovered.
“People are being spoken to and statements are being taken. But there’s a huge amount of work to do and it will take a number of days,” he told RTE radio.
Gardaí said that Ms White’s mother, Maureen McBride, who lives in a mobile home to the rear of the house, often visited for a cup of tea.
She discovered the body around lunchtime yesterday as she entered the house through the back door, which was often left open.
Forensic teams have been examining the scene since the body was discovered shortly after noon yesterday.