THE death of a young mum whose body was found in an isolated area of Co. Sligo yesterday is now being treated as murder, Gardaí have said.
Natalia Karaczyn was found dead in an wooded area near Carns, Holywell on the outskirts of Sligo town yesterday morning.
The 30-year-old had been missing from her home at Crozon Park in Sligo town centre since early on Sunday morning.
Natalia’s body was formally identified following a post-mortem last night and Gardaí have upgraded their missing persons probe to a murder investigation.
However, the results of the post-mortem examination are not being released at this time for operational reasons, a Garda spokesperson said.
A 32-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the investigation remains in custody at Ballymote Garda Station.
He was first arrested on Monday before being released without charge just hours before Natalia's body was found on Tuesday morning.
It's understood that he handed himself back into to Gardaí following the discovery.
Mother-of-three Natalia vanished after enjoying a night out with friends on Saturday night.
She attended a house party in the Crozon Inn area of Sligo after which she was spotted walking home to Crozon Park at around 6.30am on Sunday morning.
It would prove to be the last time anyone saw Natalia alive.
Gardaí later appealed for information in relation to the movements of a beige Peugeot 308 estate car, with a partial registration number of 09 DL, on Sunday morning in the Sligo town area.
On Monday, Natalia's sister made a heartfelt appeal on Facebook for information in the case.
Magdalena McMorrow said: "My sister Natalia went out last Saturday night and has not come back. She has three children and would never have done this before.
"She went to the cinema and Garavogue after. She is believed to have gone to a house party around Crozon/Caltragh afterwards.
“We have seen the CCTV footage from Crozon Inn and we could see her walking home around 6.30am on Sunday morning; however, the CCTV can reach as far as approx 50 meters from her home in Crozon Park. She has never made it back home that morning.
"PLEASE, if you have any information, seen her or maybe have CCTV outside your house in the area, get in touch with Sligo Garda Station or myself."