Gardaí investigating the death of a woman in her home in Co Roscommon are awaiting the results of a postmortem, which are expected to determine whether she met with foul play.
The deceased is a 35-year-old nurse, who was married with three young children. Her family is originally from Kilglass, where she was living, and is very well known in the area.
A postmortem, by a representative of the Office of the State Pathologist, was set to get underway on Sunday afternoon at University Hospital Galway.
The results will determine whether the investigation into the woman’s unexplained death will be upgraded to a homicide inquiry or if her passing was accidental or from natural causes.
However, all of the resources of a homicide inquiry have been made available to investigating gardaí from Castlerea station, who have appealed to anyone with information to come forward.
The woman was found unresponsive in her family home, situated in a rural setting in Kilglass in the parish of Roosky, shortly before 9am on Saturday. It is understood that family members made the discovery.
“The scene at Kilglass, Co Roscommon, is currently preserved for a technical examination,” said a statement from Garda headquarters.
Independent councillor Tom Crosby said the news had sent “shockwaves” though the local community, which was rallying around the woman’s immediate and extended family
“It’s a very close knit community and this is devastating for local people,” he said, adding the woman was from a large and well-known family who were “highly respected” locally.
“I would like to extend sincere condolences to the family and, please God, they will get the strength to get though this awful experience. It is so tragic.”