- Irish woman's body was found naked in a pool of blood in a field in southern Goa
- The 28-year-old had been at a party on popular Palolem beach on Monday night
- Her naked body was found in a pool of blood four miles away the next morning
An Irish tourist has been found dead near a beach in the Indian holiday resort of Goa amid fears she was raped and murdered.
The 28-year-old's body was found naked in a pool of blood in a field yesterday morning after attending Holi celebrations in the Canacona area of southern Goa.
She had just arrived from the north of the state and had been seen out and about at a party on Monday night at nearby Palolem beach, popular with Western tourists.
An Irish tourist has been found dead near a beach in the Indian holiday resort of Goa amid fears she was raped and murdered. She had been partying at popular Palolem beach (pictured) before she was found dead yesterday morning
Police descended on the scene of the murder on Tuesday morning and are investigating whether the tourist was also raped
Her body was discovered by a farmer about four miles away on Tuesday morning.
An arrest has already been made and officers are investigating whether she was also sexually assaulted.
A police source close to the investigation told IANS: '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.'
The 28-year-old's body was discovered by a farmer about four miles away from Palolem beach on Tuesday morning
Deputy Superintendent of Police Sammy Tavares is quoted as saying: 'The body was lying in a pool of blood without clothes and there were injuries to the head and face.'
The body has been sent to the Goa Medical College near Panaji for a post mortem.
The Irish embassy said: 'Ireland’s Embassy in New Delhi is in contact with Indian authorities in relation to reports of an incident involving an Irish citizen.
'The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade stands ready to provide consular assistance.'
The case comes just months after two men were cleared of involvement in the death of 15-year-old Scarlett Keeling, from Devon, whose bruised body was found on the popular Anjuna beach in the north of Goa in 2008.