Emergency medical responders say that they've located the body of a missing woman inside of a vacant building.
22 year old Amy McCarthy of Mount Carmel Road had been reported missing from Greenmount by friends and family who were concerned as to her whereabouts when law enforcement began searching.
After a call to the location paramedics found her body in a room located on the second floor of a vacant office block on Sheare’s Street inside of the city.
Assistant State Pathologist Dr. Margot Bolster confirmed that she was beaten in the head and had been strangled which is believed to have been the cause of death.
According to locals the building had been occupied by homeless and drifters as a place to squat and seek shelter, but no business had been located at the address in many years.
Several smashed ground floor windows were used as an entry point by those would-be parasitic individuals as a means of avoiding bad weather or law enforcement.
A man who frequents the hideout says that he came across the body of Miss McCarthy and realized that she may be deceased, and called police for assistance.
Police and EMTs attempted to revive the woman to no avail and have since sealed off a perimeter around the building after finding McCarthy inside.
Cork City Coroner Dr. Philip Comyn says that the autopsy conducted by Dr. Bolster on the remains at Cork University Hospital established that indeed McCarthy had died from a combination of blunt force trauma to the head, with brain swelling and subdural haemorrhage due to multiple blows, associated with asphyxia due to manual strangulation, complicated by acute alcoholic intoxication.
Detective Declan O’Sullivan has said that investigations into the woman's death are nearly completed and that criminal proceedings will follow shortly after.
A 26 year old man has been detained for questioning in the case who is believed to have personal ties to McCarthy, although he's yet to have been formally charged or his identity released.
McCarthy’s younger sister Hayley said to several dozen mourners at her funeral that “if love could have saved Amy, she would have lived forever because so many people were so fond and caring towards her.”
A tragic end to a young life that was taken too soon. Hopefully justice is soon served in the case.
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