Updated: 02/05/18 : 05:46:15
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Mother’s body find in Sligo, man faces court

MURDER CHARGES are imminent after the body of a missing mother was found near Sligo town yesterday, Tuesday.

Natalia Karaczyn (30) originally from western Poland had not been seen since she headed home to Crozon Park early Sunday morning.

The young mother of three, living here for nearly a decade, was formally identified in Sligo last night.

Operational Reasons

Dr Linda Mulligan, Deputy State Pathologist, also carried out a post mortem examination at Sligo University Hospital.

Gardai are not releasing details from the post mortem “for operational reasons.”

This is standard practice and usual in prelude to serious court charges, including murder and manslaughter.

Fast Moving

The ID and autopsy followed a day of fast-moving events, which led local Garda Chief Aidan Glackin to praise the public response re appeals for information. 

Shortly after 9.30am a woman’s body was located in a wooded area within sight of Lough Gill and adjacent to the main road from Sligo town to the Holy Well shrine.

Sealed Off

This stretch of road, near Cairns Hill, was later sealed off to the public yesterday.

Hours earlier, Gardai in Ballymote had released a man, believed to be the victim's husband, Rafal Karaczyn (32) arrested under the provisions of Section 4 Criminal Justice Act 1984.

This man was re-arrested later yesterday after the woman’s body was located.

The missing woman is a native of Gorzów Wielkopolski, a city in western Poland. See map.

It is just under two hours equidistant by motorway from Berlin in Germany and Poznan in Poland.

Hotel Work

The deceased woman had worked for a period at the Qubus Hotel in her native city before coming to Ireland. 

Natalia came to Sligo about eight years ago, according to her own Facebook profile.

Gardaí believe Natalia was strangled in the early hours of Sunday at another location.

They are working on the theory the killer then panicked and transported her body to the spot where it was found.

That location, and a house in Sligo, have been forensically examined as part of what is now a murder inquiry.

It is thought the woman was killed by somebody known to her.

Shocked Sligo

The tragedy which has shocked Sligo and its surroundings unfolded over 48 hours.

The Polish community in Sligo has rallied around Natalia’s children and family to lend their support.

Prayers were offered at Mass in the Friary shortly after the young mother’s remains were found.

                   Natalia pictured with her husband Rafal Karaczyn. Photo: Facebook

Seamus Kilgannon, Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, has expressed sympathy to the family of the deceased.

He said: "On behalf of the members of Sligo County Council and on my own behalf I would like to express our deepest sympathy with the family.

Raised Alarm

"It is a terrible tragedy to happen in any area but when it happens so close to home you start realising the difficulties and dangers that are out there.

"All our thoughts are with this poor woman's family and friends,” said Cllr Kilgannon.

“And I hope that who ever is responsible would be brought to justice and be dealt with by the 

"I would appeal to anyone with information to contact the Gardai and I feel they will get full co-operation,” said Cllr Kilgannon.

Natalia’s sister Magdalena McMorrow, a married mother also living in Sligo, raised the alarm with Gardai early Sunday when mobile calls went unanswered.

Taking then to Facebook, Magdalena said: “We are all very concerned and want her back safe.”

She revealed how Natalia was last seen walking towards home in Crozon Park at 6.30am on Sunday morning.

She was heading home from a party in the Crozon/Caltragh area at that time.

Natalia was dressed in a black lace body suit, black leather trousers, black jacket and black sandals. 

On Saturday night, Natalia had gone to the cinema and later to the Garavogue near Hyde Bridge.

            Gardaí and medical personnel at the scene on the Holy Well road yesterday.
Photo: RTÉ

Widely Shared

Magdalena’s emotional plea for information on Facebook was widely shared across Ireland throughout Monday.

“My sister Natalia went out last Saturday night (28.04.18) and has not come back,” said the post.

“She has three children and would never have done this before. 

“She went to the cinema and Garavogue after. She is believed to have gone to a house party around Crozon/Caltragh afterwards. 

“We have seen the CCTV footage from Crozon Inn and we could see her walking home around 6.30pm on Sunday morning. 

“However, the CCTV can (only) reach as far as approx fifty metres from her home in Crozon Park. 

“She has never made it back home that morning,” said her sister in the Facebook post.

Car Reg

Gardai has appealed for information in relation to the movements of a car in the Sligo area on Sunday morning. 
The vehicle was a beige Peugeot estate car 308, partial registration number 09 DL, said Gardaí.

Images from a CCTV in the area shows the vehicle leaving the Crozon Park area that same morning, before returning a short time later.

This vehicle was seized yesterday afternoon by gardaí and will be forensically examined.

Officer in charge, Chief Supt Aidan Glackin, having thanked Gardaí and the people of Sligo for their assistance, described what happened as a "tragic event" and added that a family liaison officer had been appointed to Ms Karaczyn's family, who are being kept informed of updates in the investigation.