Inquiries ongoing into death of Amy McCarthy

Inquiries ongoing into death of Amy McCarthy
Amy McCarthy’s body was found in an empty Cork City building

GARDAÍ have yet to rule out foul play in the death of a young woman in the city on Sunday.

The body of 22-year-old Amy McCarthy from Greenmount was discovered at a squat on Sheare's Street on Sunday morning.

Gardaí have appealed for more information from the public as they attempt to determine the cause of death.

Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster conducted a post-mortem examination at Cork University Hospital (CUH) yesterday, but gardaí have refused to comment on the preliminary findings for operational reasons.

Detectives believe that further investigation is warranted and are now awaiting the results of detailed toxicology tests conducted as part of the CUH examination.

It is understood that gardaí are also trying to determine whether Ms McCarthy, a mother-of-one, was assaulted before her death.

Gardaí understand that Ms McCarthy entered the building, a disused office on Sheare's Street, on Saturday night with a number of others through a broken window on the ground floor.

One of these individuals discovered her in an upstairs room in the building shortly before 7am on Sunday morning.

When they were unable to rouse her, they contacted emergency services.

Paramedics tended to Ms McCarthy at the scene but were unable to revive her.

She was pronounced dead before her body was transferred to the nearby Mercy University Hospital.

Gardaí took preliminary statements from a number of those present and believe they established a concrete timeline of events for the hours before Ms McCarthy's death.

They are also trying to determine whether there may have been others present in the building who left before the emergency services arrived shortly before 7am on Sunday morning.

They have reiterated their appeal for further information and have asked anybody with information on Ms McCarthy's whereabouts and movements between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning to contact the Bridewell Garda Station (021-4943330) or the Garda Confidential Line (1800 666 111).

Gardaí are expected to carry out door-to-door enquiries in the coming days.

They have also reviewed CCTV footage from a number of business premises in the surrounding area.

No arrests have been made to date and enquiries are ongoing.

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