Gardaí are making “significant” progress in the investigation into the murder of Kerry’s grandmother Miriam Burns

Gardaí have made “significant progress” in the investigation into the murder of Kerry’s grandmother, Miriam Burns, 75, with the case now being fully guided by forensic science.

Tests, including fingerprint, DNA and fiber analysis, are crucial to a criminal prosecution of the person Gardaí believe attacked and strangled the grandmother and mother-of-four in the living room of their Killarney home.

She was found dead there on Monday August 15.

The results of these tests are used to paint a picture of what happened in the moments leading up to the attack on the woman hailed as “Killarney’s smiling wife”.

A key element of the investigation is establishing who was with her at Ms Burns’ home and linking them directly to the attack on her.

A source said Gardaí have been inundated with information from the public, particularly about movements to and from Ms Burns’ home.

“There was tremendous support from the public, who were appalled by the shocking attack on this lady,” a source said.

“But we would again like to appeal to people to get in touch if they have any information about incidents or unusual behavior in the Ardshanavooly area of ​​Killarney.

“Please don’t decide that the information might be too trivial – let Gardaí make that decision.”

Ms Burns is believed to have opened the door of her home to her killer in the hours leading up to her death.

She was known for her kindness and generosity, and it is believed her attacker took advantage of this.

There was no sign of forced entry into Mrs Burns’ townhouse on the outskirts of town, nor any sign of a disturbance inside which might normally be associated with a break-in.

However, Gardaí are working to determine how much cash she may have kept at home and if her killer stole anything.

Detectives believe the attacker may have exited and re-entered the home multiple times while her body was in the living room.

Ms Burns was found dead, lying on her side with traces of blood around her face and mouth.

She had apparently tried to defend herself as there were signs of a struggle in the room.

Her body was discovered at lunchtime when a relative abroad was concerned about being unable to reach her last weekend.

The man called a neighbor in Ardshanavooly, who was walking with another person, to check on her well-being.

They found Ms Burns’ body and immediately left the property and contacted Gardaí.

The death was ruled suspicious given the visible injuries.

Gardaí sealed the property and Assistant State Pathologist Dr. Margaret Bolster performed an autopsy at Kerry University Hospital in Tralee.

Just over an hour after the post-mortem was completed, Gardaí confirmed that Ms Burns’ death was being treated as a homicide.

Minutes later, a man in his 50s was arrested.

The man, who leads a “very chaotic lifestyle” and was known to Ms. Burns, was later released without charge. Gardaí are making “significant” progress in the investigation into the murder of Kerry’s grandmother Miriam Burns

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