Police appeal over Portstewart death

Published Thursday, 05 June 2014
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Police have launched an appeal for information from the public over the death of a woman in Portstewart.

Police appeal over Portstewart death
Police are continuing to investigate. (© Mark Jamieson)

A 32-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of Margaret Evans.

Margaret, known as Margo around the Co Londonderry seaside town, was found dead on Wednesday afternoon in her Knockancor Drive home.

The 69-year-old was described as a popular member of the community and had run a hair salon in the town.

Her sudden death came as a major shock to the local community.

It's believed the police are questioning one of the dead woman's sons over the death and they have asked for anyone who may have met with, or spoke with, any member of the family in recent days to contact detectives.

A post mortem has been scheduled to determine the exact cause of the woman's death.

The officer in charge of the police investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Una Jennings, appealed for the public's help.

She said: "The investigation is still at a very early stage.

"Mrs Evans's husband has suffered a terrible loss but is being supported by his family circle as well as a PSNI family liaison officer.

"I would like to appeal to anyone in the community who saw, spoke to or met with any member of the Evans family in recent days, or anyone with any information, to contact Coleraine Police Station or the Major Inquiry Team at Maydown on the non-emergency number 101.

"Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

© UTV News
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