Goa: Irish woman found dead on Canacona beach, police suspect rape

In a jarring reminder of the infamous Scarlet Keeling rape and murder case in Goa, a 28-year-old Irish woman's body was recovered from the Canacona beach in Goa on Tuesday. The police has since apprehended three locals as suspects in the possible rape case.

According to a report in The SunDanielle McLaughlin, an Irish woman travelling on a British passport was found dead with her face badly mangled and bruises on her body by a local farmer, at Adnem, Devabag, Canacona.

 Goa: Irish woman found dead on Canacona beach, police suspect rape

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According to the police, the tourist had come with a friend to participate in Holi celebrations.

"We are investigating people with whom she was playing Holi during a party here. Her friend has also given us some leads and we are questioning some suspects," a police officer familiar with the probe told IANS on condition of anonymity.

"The body was lying in a pool of blood and there were injuries to the head and face," deputy superintendent of police Sammy Tavares said.

According to a report in The Mirrorthe Irish Embassy in India is in touch with the local authorities, and are updated with the proceedings of the investigation.

"It was believed that McLaughlin arrived in the region on Sunday and attended a party on Palolem beach on Monday night, before her body was found by a farmer more than three miles away the following morning," the report said.

The police is also investigating video footage from nearby shacks and hotels, where McLaughlin had visited, to ascertain the incidents of the intervening night.

A forensic team is investigating the crime scene, however, the police is yet to recover a murder weapon. McLaughlin's body has been sent for an autopsy at the Goa Medical College near Panaji, to ascertain whether she was sexually abused before being murdered.

With inputs from IANS

Updated Date: Mar 15, 2017 17:18:53 IST