A Post-mortem examination has confirmed strangulation was cause of Death Of Michaela Harte, daughter of well known Tyrone GAA boss, Micky Harte.
Mauritius news site’s have a statement from local police ”Chief Police Medical Officer (CPMO), Dr Sudesh Kumar Gungadin, attributed the cause of death to strangulation. He added in his report that the victim had also suffered blows to the head.”
They said the hotel room was in disarray and that they are examining CCTV footage from the complex. Ms Harte had been found lying on her back on the floor near the bathtub. There are six suspects as robbery is thought to be the reason for the break in.
Michaela, 27, married John McAreavey, a Down footballer just after Christmas and the couple were honeymooning on the island of Mauritius. Legends Hotel resident manager Xavier Arnoux confirmed that a body was found in a hotel room at around 3pm local time (11am Irish time):
“We had an accident this afternoon, but we cannot speak too much about it because it is in police hands now,” he said. “It appears that a husband found the body of his wife.”
Mr Arnoux said a doctor and police were called to the hotel bathroom of room 1025, as is standard procedure in such a case. In a statement released later the hotel continued:
“The management of Legends Hotel is shocked and very sad further to the death of a guest, Michaela Harte. The dead body of the guest was discovered by her partner and once alerted, the hotel called the authorities. Legends wishes to reassure its guests and the public in general that it is co-operating in the best way it can with the police. The management and staff send its sincere condolences to the families who are grieving the loss of Michaela Harte.”
Catholic Bishop of Dromore John McAreavey, who married Michaela to his nephew John last month, admitted that it was as yet unclear as to the exact circumstances surrounding her death saying:
“We have still so many unanswered questions.”
A joint statement issued by Mickey Harte and Dr McAreavey today said:
‘We wish to confirm that we have received confirmation this afternoon that Michaela, married on December 30 2010 to John McAreavey, was killed today in Mauritius where the couple were on honeymoon.We ask for prayers for Michaela, John and their families and loved ones. Both families are deeply shocked and devastated by this tragic news and they ask for privacy and space at this time of profound grief.’