GARDAÍ is treating the death of a pensioner found at her home in Kerry as suspicious.
The gruesome discovery was made at a property in Killarney yesterday afternoon after emergency services were alerted.
The mother of four, known locally as Miriam Burns (75), was pronounced dead at the scene.
Both Gardaí and paramedics attended the scene at the Ardshanavooly housing development in the city of South Kerry after the alarm went off around midday.
Ms Burns was spotted after friends and family became concerned for her well-being.
The area where the woman was found was immediately cordoned off pending a full technical and forensic investigation. Gardaí asked for the support of the State Office of Pathology.
The remains will be transferred to Kerry University Hospital (UHK) for a full post-mortem today.
Gardaí indicated that the results of the post-mortem will determine the nature of their investigation.
However, the woman is believed to have suffered head and neck injuries that appear inconsistent with a fall.
Gardaí are treating the death as suspicious and a decision on the nature of their investigation will be made today after receiving the autopsy and forensic results.
Ms Burns was spotted with visible blood around her head.
A Garda spokesman said: “Around 1.15pm the body of a woman in her 70s was discovered in a residential building in Ardshanavooly, Killarney Co Kerry. The body remains at the crime scene.
“The crime scene is currently being preserved so that a technical investigation can be carried out. The state pathologist’s office has been notified. No further information is currently available.”
Detectives are now attempting to confirm Ms Burns’ last known movements.
Local sources say she has been very active in a number of groups in Killarney and has not been seen at the scene since last Friday night.
A Garda source said a key element of their investigation will be trying to determine exactly when Ms Burns died.
Detectives are also trying to confirm who was in contact with her in the hours leading up to her death.
Gardaí are hoping to speak to someone known to the deceased about when they last saw them.
There were no signs of forced entry into the property.
House-to-house inquiries are expected to be conducted in an area that has been described by locals as a very quiet residential part of Killarney.
CCTV surveillance camera footage from the area, which is close to a Tesco mall and a McDonald’s outlet, is expected to prove crucial to the investigation.
Ms Burns has lived in the Ardshanavooly area for most of her adult life but is said to be originally from Milltown.
The local community was deeply shocked by the tragedy that unfolded on their estate last night.
Councilor Donal Grady, who lives in Ardshanavooly, paid tribute to Mrs Burns, whom he knew personally and described as a wonderful mother.
“I knew her very well. I have spoken to her many times and she comes from a highly respected family and she herself is highly respected here in Ardshanavooly. She was a very beloved neighbor, always smiling and so kind to everyone,” he said.
“She has lived here since the 1970’s and she has brothers and sisters who live and are known here in Killarney. She was a familiar sight on her bike and was always going around.
“We are all shocked here tonight. This is a terrible tragedy.”
Her home is a two-story townhouse in a four-lot block.
Ardshanavooly is a popular residential area within walking distance of Killarney town center and popular local amenities such as the Killarney Outlet Centre.
Ms Burns is said to have four children, some of whom now live abroad.
She loved to travel and regularly visited European cities, often traveling to meet some of her children.
Ardshanavooly is a mature housing development with a mix of pensioners, older families and some younger residents with children.
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