One local who knew all three women at the centre of the police investigation in Dromore described them yesterday as “all very nice girls”.
It is understood that all three women who died in suspicious circumstances had been partners of the suspect man arrested yesterday, Leslie Ross, 66, also from Dromore.
Michelle Bickerstaff, nee Sparks, 47, died in April last year.
She was a mother of four who went to school in Dromore and who had lived in nearby Blackskull for a time.
She died on April 21, with police investigating for some time what they described as her “sudden death”.
It is understood she had suffered a head injury.
Police said a man had been arrested on the day of her murder and was later released unconditionally.
The second woman was Margaret Weise, previously known as Margaret Herron, 50, who died in August 2007.
She was originally from Lisburn and married into a family by the name of Herron from that area.
A petite slim woman with blonde hair, she had twin boys and had worked in a chip shop in Dromore.
“She was such a nice person – you could not say a word against her,” a friend said.
Her son Lee Herron told the News Letter last night: “Mum was a quiet and friendly person. She would have spoken to everybody.”
The third woman is Elizabeth (Lily) McKee, 52, who died in December 2002.
She had been married with one daughter and was from Dromore.
Her daughter Jenny Dickson said last night: “Mum was fun-loving and had a great sense of humour.
“She was so kind and loved animals and children.”
Lily had been a Miss Northern Ireland winner in the 1970s.