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Police appeal for sightings of Margaret McDonough following her death

Margaret McDonough
Image caption Margaret McDonough died in hospital after being found injured at the hotel

Police investigating the death of a woman who was found in a hotel room with serious injuries have appealed for sightings of her and her daughter.

Margaret McDonough, 52, died in hospital a few hours after being found at the Premier Inn in Greenock at about 07:00 on Friday.

Her daughter Nicola, 23, was found injured in a nearby hallway and is critically ill in hospital.

The Paisley women had checked in to the hotel at about 15:50 on Thursday.

Det Insp David Wagstaff said they left the hotel a short time later and possibly returned between 00:30 and 01:00 on Friday.

Police have also revealed details of the number plate of the red Suzuki Swift car the pair were in. The registration number is SL56CBF.

Det Insp Wagstaff said: "I'd like to speak to anyone who may have seen this vehicle."

He added: "We are currently trying to piece together the movements of Margaret and Nicola on Thursday 9 May and until they were discovered with serious injuries at the Premier Inn in Greenock at 0700 hrs on Friday 10 May.

"There have been several sightings of Margaret in the Paisley area on Thursday morning until about 1000 hrs.

"We also know that Margaret and Nicola checked into the Premier Inn at James Watt Way, Greenock, at around 1550 hrs on the Thursday.

"I'd like to speak with anyone who saw them or their vehicle between 0900 hrs on the Thursday and 0700 hrs on the Friday morning."

Police are waiting to speak to Ms McDonough and have not yet revealed whether there were any suspicious circumstances.

Margaret McDonough was a mother of five grown children and a foster carer. She had stood as a Liberal Democrat candidate in council elections.

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