A 25-year-old Irish woman was found dead on a beach in South Goa following which one person has been arrested, police said on Wednesday. The disrobed body of the woman was found yesterday at an isolated spot on a beach in South Goa’s Devabag village, 80 kms from here, Canacona Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sammy Tavares said.
The Canacona police had identified the body as that of a 28-year-old Irish national Danielle McLaughlin. They have registered a case under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Danielle, travelling on a British passport was found dead with her face badly mangled and bruises on her body by a local farmer.
The case is being investigated as that of rape and murder. Deputy Superintendent of Police told the media that the body has been sent to the Goa Medical College (GMC) and hospital, Bambolim for post-mortem.
According to the police, the tourist had come with a friend to participate in Holi celebrations.
"We are investigating people with whom she was playing Holi during a party here. Her friend has also given us some leads and we are questioning some suspects," a police officer said.
Several foreigners have died in Goa over the past decade or so, including 15-year-old British schoolgirl Scarlett Keeling, whose bruised and semi-naked body was found in shallow water on a beach in 2008.
The deaths, many in suspicious circumstances or from drug or alcohol abuse, have blighted the picturesque state's reputation as a tourist haven.
Last September, two local men were cleared of the rape and murder of Keeling, whose death became international news, shining a spotlight on the seedy side of the resort destination popular with Western tourists.