Murder investigation launched as young Irish woman Danielle McLaughlin found dead in India
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Murder investigation launched as young Irish woman Danielle McLaughlin found dead in India

A MURDER investigation is underway in India after an Irish woman was found dead in the popular tourist region of Goa. 

The body of Danielle Mc Laughlin, 25, from Donegal but who had lived in Liverpool, was found early yesterday morning in a wooded spot in the Canacona area of Goa.

Police have said Ms McLaughlin had been participating in Holi celebrations in the area with a friend prior to her death.

Police said Ms McLaughlin had sustained injuries to her face.

"Considering the state in which the body was found, and the injuries visible on her face, we concluded that that it was a case of murder," Canacona PI Filomeno Costa told Times of India. 

Police have also said they sent her body to Goa Medical College for a post mortem.

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It's understood a man has been arrested for the alleged murder of the young Donegal woman.

The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed that the Irish Embassy in India is following up on the suspected murder of Ms McLaughlin in Goa.

A spokeswoman said: "It has been confirmed that the woman travelled to India using a British passport, so the local British consulate have the lead responsibility in terms of dealings with the Indian authorities.

"The Irish Embassy is liaising closely with the British authorities and an Irish consular official is travelling from New Delhi to Goa today."