THE tragic death of a Dundalk mother of three at Giles Quay on the Cooley Pennisula has been described a “personal tragedy” by local Gardai.
A forensic examination was carried out over the weekend on the remains of the woman’s body, which was recovered from the burnt-out shell of her father-in-law’s car on Thursday evening.
A post mortem was carried out by Deputy State Pahtologist Dr Khalid Jabbar on Friday morning.
The paper understands that a fire that was started in the car lead to an explosion that claimed the the life of the 50-year-old woman from the O’Hanlon Park area of Dundalk.
Locals were alerted to the car on Thursday evening, when they saw the car parked in the carpark at Giles Quay.
It is initially thought that it was a courting couple, but the fire brigade was called when the car burst into flames.
At approximately 7.15pm the fire brigade came to extinguish the blaze, only to find the remains of the woman’s body.
The road to Gyles Quay was closed off on Thursday night and Friday morning while a blue forensic tent was erected over the shell of the burned out car.
Gardaí remained at the site during Thursday night, in preparation for the arrival of the Deputy State Pathologist.
The discovery has been made all the more shocking due to the proximity to where Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot and killed in a fatal robbery five weeks ago.
Gardaí have however said that there is no link between the two incidents.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Dundalk Garda Station on 042 9388400 or the Garda confidential number 1800 666 111.