Fermanagh murder: Woman found dead by sister

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image captionPauline Kilkenny was found dead at her home on the Cornacully Road between Belcoo and Garrison

A murder investigation is under way after the death of a woman at her home in County Fermanagh.

Pauline Kilkenny, 59, was found dead by her sister in Cornacully Road between Belcoo and Garrison, at about 13:00 GMT on Tuesday.

Relatives were concerned after she failed to turn up for work.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, suspicion of possession of cannabis and theft of a motor vehicle.

At the scene: BBC News NI's Julian Fowler

The house is in the countryside, about half way between Belcoo and Garrison and a mile from the main road.

It is set back from the narrow country lane.

I could hear dogs barking in the yard while investigators wearing forensic suits went about their work in the rain.

The nearest neighbours are about a quarter of a mile in either direction.

I called at several houses but no one I spoke to said they knew Pauline Kilkenny.

They couldn't tell me how long she had been living there or if she lived alone.

One neighbour told me that her sister had called with them this morning to ask if they had seen her as her car wasn't at the house.

At some point she discovered her sister's body, something the detective leading the murder inquiry said will no doubt have left her traumatised.

Det Ch Insp John Caldwell said: "A post-mortem examination has yet to take place but I am treating this as murder.

"My thoughts go out to the victim's family, including her sister who will no doubt have been left traumatised by the discovery of her sister's body."

He said the contents of the victim's handbag and her car had also been removed from the property.

Ulster Unionist MLA Rosemary Barton said: "This is a very quiet and rural corner of County Fermanagh, so news of the murder has caused real shock locally."

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