The main witness in a high-profile murder investigation has been found dead in Mauritius, it has been reported.
Raj Theekoy, 43, was reported as missing by his wife Manisha on Saturday October 2.
A body was then found beside waste ground on the holiday island of Mauritius the following day.
Police on the Indian Ocean island, which is east of Madagascar, are investigating the circumstances of the death, near the Beau Plateau, reports Belfast Live.
Theekoy was a room attendant at the Legends Hotel on Mauritius when Michaela McAreavey was strangled in her room.
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The 27-year-old was the only daughter of all-Ireland winning Tyrone manager Mickey Harte when she was killed on January 10, 2011.
She had been on honeymoon with her new husband John McAreavey, who she had married just 10 days earlier, when she returned to their hotel room alone in the middle of a burglary and was killed.
The Mauritian government agreed to re-open the murder case in June 2021, according to Belfast Live.
Lawyer Dick Ng Sui Wa said a new team had been appointed to look at the case with “fresh eyes” and hopefully catch Michaela’s killer or killers.
When it was reported back in June, the lawyer also said there would be new evidence but couldn’t specify what it was in case it risked the investigation.
Confirming that the Mauritian government had agreed to look at the case again, former First Minister of Northern Ireland Arlene Foster said, before stepping down in June: “The death of Michaela McAreavey whilst on honeymoon touched everyone across Northern Ireland.
“The fact that, more than 10 years later, no one has been brought to justice for this most dreadful crime only serves to compound the grief and pain endured by Michaela’s family.
“I felt both a personal and professional responsibility to do everything possible to bring about justice for a young woman who was so cruelly taken from the many people who knew and loved her.”