Police release first picture of Patricia Aust as murder investigation launched following her death

Police have released the first image of Patricia 'Patsy' Aust as a murder investigation has been launched following her death.

The 81-year-old was found dead at a property in the Hawthorne Court area at around 5.30pm on Sunday evening, June 2.

A murder investigation was since launched, while an 85-year-old man arrested on Sunday remains in police custody and is being questioned by detectives on suspicion of murder.

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A PSNI spokesperson has continued to appeal for information about the killing, while a local MLA has said there is a sense of 'bewilderment' in the local community about what has happened.

"Detectives have named the woman who was found dead in Bangor on the evening of Sunday 2 June," a PSNI statement said. "Patricia ‘Patsy’ Aust, who was aged 81, was found dead in a house in the Hawthorne Court area."

Detective Chief Inspector Neil McGuinness from the Police Service’s Major Investigation Team said: “Officers responded to a report of the death of a woman in a house, just off the Clandeboye Road, on the evening of Sunday 2 June.

“Sadly, the lady, whom we can now name as Patricia Aust, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Patricia, also known as Patsy, was 81 years old. My thoughts, and that of my team, are first and foremost with her loved ones at this distressing time.”

The senior detective added: “A murder investigation is underway and a man, aged 85, arrested on suspicion of murder remains in custody at this time.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have information that could assist our investigation to contact detectives on 101. If you noticed, or heard, anything untoward please get in touch.”

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