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Burglary link to murder examined

Murder scene
Mrs Corrigan's body was found by a friend

A detective leading the investigation into the murder of an Armagh widow has said it may have been a burglary or robbery "gone wrong".

The body of 62-year-old Eileen Corrigan was found in her home at Boyds Row, near Loughgall Road, on 6 October.

Police are revisiting the area on Thursday and are renewing their appeal for information.

Detective Chief Inspector Debbie McMaster, thanked the community for their assistance.

"We have had a number of calls following our appeal last week and myself and my officers are very pleased with the response, however we still need witnesses to come forward.

"One of our lines of enquiry is that this may have been a burglary or robbery gone wrong that tragically resulted in Eileen's death," the detective said.

Mrs Corrigan, who lived alone after the death of her husband 12 years ago, was described by neighbours as "quiet and inoffensive" and was well-known in the area.

Detectives believe she was last seen alive the Thursday before she was found dead by a friend.

SDLP Armagh City Councillor Mealla Bratton said "people are frightened by reports that police are investigating a possible robbery that went wrong which led to Eileen's death.

"The fact that those responsible are still at large is causing widespread anxiety, especially among older people."

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