Mother of murdered Danielle McLaughlin says she will be ‘sadly missed’

Undated family handout photo of Danielle McLaughlin who was discovered dead in Canacona, a popular tourist area in the south of Goa
Undated family handout photo of Danielle McLaughlin who was discovered dead in Canacona, a popular tourist area in the south of Goa

The mother of Danielle McLaughlin, who has been found dead in a Goa tourist resort, has paid tribute to her daughter saying she will be “sadly missed”.

Ms McLaughlin, 28, was discovered in Canacona, a popular tourist area in the south of the Indian state.

Undated family handout photo of Danielle McLaughlin who was discovered dead in Canacona, a popular tourist area in the south of Goa

Undated family handout photo of Danielle McLaughlin who was discovered dead in Canacona, a popular tourist area in the south of Goa

In a written statement issued by a close friend on behalf of the family in Buncrana, Co Donegal, Andrea Brannigan said: “The family would like to express our thanks to all who have got in touch since receiving this awful news.

“As you can expect we are finding it very difficult at this trying time.

“We want to thank the Irish and British consulates, along with Colin from the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, and many friends who have assisted at this time. Danielle will be sadly missed by us all.”

Suresh Velip, head constable at Goa Police, said a 24-year-old Indian man remains in custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder.

Asked about details around the case, he told the Press Association: “It is still under investigation.”

Mr Velip said Ms McLaughlin’s body was found in a remote area near Deobagh Beach on Tuesday morning.