Murdered Antrim mum ‘would’ve done anything for anybody’

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A woman found murdered in Co Antrim was a “good person” who went out of her way to help others, her grieving daughter has said.

Pauline Carmichael was found dead on the shores of Lough Neagh on Wednesday.

On Thursday night police investigating her disappearance charged a 37-year-old man with murder.

A 59-year-old man, who had also been detained in connection with the investigation, has been released unconditionally.

The 61-year-old grandmother was last seen alive at her home in Hillside, Antrim on Monday evening.

Her daughter, Realana Mitchell, said her mother loved her family and loved life.

“She was a good person. She loved her kids, her grandchildren,” Ms Mitchell said.

“She was an easy person to talk to – she would’ve listened, she would’ve done anything for anybody. It’s just so sad, the news that we got.”

Ms Mitchell told the BBC her mother was well known in the area as someone with a great sense of humour and a good attitude to life.

“She liked a joke, like the best of us,” she said.

“People could see the funny side of her and how she enjoyed life. It’s just very unfortunate.”

Struggling to contain her emotion, Ms Mitchell said she had “good memories” of her mother, and that family members trying to come to terms with their loss were “being strong” for their dad.

On Thursday afternoon, police formally identified the body recovered from the lough as that of Ms Carmichael.

Earlier on Thursday, the PSNI said they were involved in “extensive search activity” and that information provided to them indicated that Ms Carmichael had been murdered.

The victim was wearing only her pyjamas when she was last seen alive.

South Antrim MLA Danny Kinahan knew Ms Carmichael through his constituency work.

“She was someone who came in and out of the office, often, was a regular,” he said.