Tara Wright: Four questioned after teenage girl found dead in car outside hospital

26 March 2019, 09:11 | Updated: 26 March 2019, 10:33

Four men have been questioned over the death of a teenage girl whose body was found in a car.

Police believe Tara Wright had been injured in a single-car collision involving a silver Mercedes on the outskirts of Belfast in the early hours of Sunday morning.

However, the 17-year-old's body was found eight miles away in a grey MG car in the grounds of Belfast City Hospital.

Detectives believe she was driven away from the scene of the crash.

The four men - aged 20, 21, 28 and 30 - were arrested on Sunday in connection with the incident and subsequently bailed pending further police inquiries.

In a statement, Tara's family described her as a "kind, funny, charismatic bright young girl with her whole life ahead of her".

Her mother and father added: "As parents we are devastated by the heartbreaking passing of our beautiful daughter Tara.

"Tara will be remembered as she lived, a fun-loving, energetic and vibrant soul with a zest for life that could bring joy to all around her.

"Tara will be missed immeasurably not only by us, but her entire family, especially her brothers and sister Charles, Alistair and Anna, who will never forget the love they had for her and the love she had for them."

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) inspector Nigel Henry said: "Our investigation is at an early stage, however we do believe that Tara was injured during the one-vehicle road traffic collision on the Ballygowan Road.

"We are appealing to anyone who witnessed either the silver Mercedes or grey MG to contact us to assist us with our inquiries.

"We also believe that a grey-coloured MG vehicle conveyed Tara to the area of Belfast City Hospital, therefore we are also appealing to anyone who witnessed this vehicle between the Ballygowan Road and the hospital to contact police."

Investigators are appealing for anyone with information to come forward and have asked for dashcam footage.