A quiet residential development was numb with shock tonight after a former nurse was found strangled in her own home.
Police have launched a murder hunt after 53-year-old Pauline Haveron, who had a grown up family, was discovered in the house Ballyclare, Co Antrim.
Officers were called to the affluent Huntingdale Green on Sunday morning but details of the death were only released today after a post-mortem examination confirmed she had been killed and to enable detectives to contact one of her sons who was out of the country.
It is understood she had lived there for around five years since moving from nearby Greenisland after separating from her husband.
Local councillor Alderman Paul Girvan knew the family well.
“Pauline was a quiet pleasant woman with a kind and good nature,” he said.
“This is an absolute tragedy, it’s just so sad.
“It has also been traumatic for the local community. This is a really quiet area and nobody can believe something like this could have happened.”
Fellow councillor Vera McWilliam said: “My sympathies really go out to this woman’s family,” she said.
“People will be deeply shocked this has taken place.”
The crime scene remained sealed off today as forensic investigators dressed in white suits examined the semi-detached property.
Two BMW cars were parked outside the red-doored house while uniformed officers kept watch from a nearby patrol car.
Flowers had been left outside the home, one simply read: “Thinking of yous at this sad time. God bless.”
Apart from the police presence, the street remained markedly quiet, with the only sign of movement coming from the windows of nearby homes as stunned neighbours looked out.
Detectives are keen to speak to anyone who was in the Doagh Road and Huntingdale areas between 10pm on Saturday and 1am on Sunday.