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Appeal launched to repatriate body of woman killed in St Helier

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A COLLECTION has been launched to help pay for the body of a woman killed in St Helier to be returned to her home town in Portugal.

The Island's Catholic Church is trying to raise £6,000 to transfer Ana Maria Rebelo's body back to the small town in northern Portugal where her mother lives.

The 51-year-old, a popular member of the Catholic Church, was found dead by members of her family inside 10 Victoria Street earlier this month. A pathologist found she had died from 'compression to the neck by a third party'.

A 58-year-old man remains on police bail after being arrested on suspicion of murder.

All donations to the repatriation cause will be recorded by Manuela Santos, St Thomas' Portuguese church administrator, who knew Mrs Rebelo personally.

Cheques can also be posted to St Thomas' Church, Val Plaisaint, St Helier, JE2 3TE.

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