THE body of a woman was found by a couple out walking near Craigavon Lakes on Bank Holiday Monday.
The 47-year-old, believed to be a Portuguese national, was found lying on the ground close to Tannaghmore Gardens, at around 6.30 in the evening.
Her bike was found close to her body but is not believed to have been a factor in her death. It is thought she died of natural causes and police are not treating the death as suspicious.
The woman who found her said, “She was lying on her back, and the bike was sitting neat and tidy beside her so I knew she hadn’t fallen off. As we got closer, I could see her chest wasn’t moving. When we got up close it was obvious she was dead.”
The woman, who immediately called 999, said she was shocked that other walkers in front had obviously passed the woman, and not bothered to stop.
Meanwhile, Sinn Fin District Policing Partnership member Mairead O’Dowd has expressed concern that it took police over an hour to attend the scene of what could have been a serious crime.
She said, “I have contacted the Chief Inspector to seek an explanation as to why the PSNI took so long to respond to a call out. This death was apparently the result of natural causes, but given the circumstances and the location it should have been treated as a crime scene and closed off from public access as soon as possible, in order to protect the integrity of evidence.”
However, the police have defended their response. A spokesman said, “Police were informed by the ambulance service that they were attending reports of an ill female on the tow path at 6.32pm.
“Police were not requested to assist the ambulance service until 7.20pm and they arrived on the scene at 7.32pm.”