Mauritian police identify new suspect in Michaela murder investigation

Five months after reopening the investigation into the murder of Michaela McAreavey, police in Mauritius have reportedly identified a suspect.

Investigators of the Central Criminal Investigation Department (CCID) have compiled an interim report in the criminal investigation, and that document has already submitted it to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Michaela McAreavey was murdered in the Legends Hotel in January 2011 while she was on honeymoon.

Two men were charged with her murder, but were cleared at their trial in July of this year.

The new investigation was then launched, with the BBC reporting today that a a French expert came to Mauritius about three months ago to collect DNA samples.

350 samples were then brought for analysis to the University of Bordeaux's laboratory.

According to police on the island, the new investigation has seen 38 people interviewed and 68 witnesses take part in a reconstruction of the circumstances of the murder.

Investigators are now seeking advice from the State Law Office before taking a decision on the arrest of the new suspect.