A man has confessed to the Michaela Harte murder, say Mauritius police, and her body is now being flown home.
Michaela Harte – or Michaela McAreavey, which was her married name – was found dead in her hotel room in Mauritius on Monday. She had been on her honeymoon.
Michaela was the 27-year-old daughter of Tyrone Gaelic football boss Mickey Harte.
Three men were charged with her murder and according to police, Avinash Treebhoowoon, 29, has now confessed.
The BBC reports that Mauritian police are pleased with the way the investigation is going and will soon be concentrating on preparing evidence and documents which will build the case against Michaela’s murderer.
On Wednesday evening, a police chief in Mauritius told the Press Association that skin tissue found under Michaela’s fingernails could prove crucial to the police case against the killers.
All three accused men will be remanded in custody until next Wednesday when they will appear in court again to be either formally charged with Michaela’s murder or set free.
Michaela’s body is being flown back to Northern Ireland and her funeral is expected to be held next Monday in the same Tyrone church where she was married on December 30.
Michaela’s husband, John McAreavey described his grief: “I love my wife, very, very much and my world revolved around her.
“I can’t describe in words how lost I feel as Michaela is not just the light of my life – she is my life.”
Mortuary workers in Mauritius carry a coffin containing the body of Michaela McAreavey.