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Police arrest four men over 17-year-old girl's mysterious death in Belfast

Four men have been arrested in connection with the death of a 'beautiful' 17-year-old girl found dead in the middle of a road in Belfast.   

The body of Tara Wright, 17, was discovered outside Belfast City Hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police this afternoon said four males, aged 20, 21, 28 and 30, had been detained, but since released on bail. 

The body of Tara Wright, 17, (pictured) was discovered outside Belfast City Hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning

The teenager's body was found inside a grey MG car at 2.55am. 

A silver Mercedes was found flipped on its roof five miles away on the outskirts of the city just 20 minutes earlier, with officers probing the link between the two incidents. One man has been taken to hospital.  

Inspector Nigel Henry said: 'Firstly, I would like to extend my sympathies to the family of Tara at this very sad time.

'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 enquiries. 

Pictured: Tara Wright has been named as the teenager whose body was found in the road near Belfast City Hospital on Sunday morning. She is pictured right with a friend 

'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.

'Investigating officers arrested four males aged 20, 21, 28 and 30 yesterday. They have since been released on bail and are assisting us with establishing the circumstances leading to Tara’s death.'

Friends and family have paid tribute to the 'amazing' and 'funny' teenager, who they said could 'light up a room'.   

The silver Mercedes is recovered from up an embankment at a roundabout on the Ballygowan Road on the outskirts of east Belfast

Miss Wright's body was found in the road near Belfast City Hospital - but may be linked to a car accident on the outskirts of the city 20 minutes earlier

Police were alerted to a silver Mercedes that had ended up on its roof in undergrowth near a roundabout in Ballygowen Road, south-east of Belfast, at 2.35am on Sunday. 

Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) then rushed an injured man from the scene to hospital for treatment.

Just minutes later - at 2.55am - paramedics found Miss Wright's body in a grey MG car near Belfast City Hospital in Lisburn Road.

She was later pronounced dead and a post-mortem is set to follow. 

There was a large police presence on the southern side of the city near the hospital  after the young woman's body was discovered. 

An area around Dunluce Avenue had also been cordoned off with police tape, with officers on the scene. 

Friends and family have paid tribute to the 'amazing' and 'funny' teenager Tara Wright (pictured), who they said could 'light up a room'

Miss Wright is pictured with a female friend. She was found dead in the early hours of Sunday

Tributes were posted to Miss Wright (pictured) on Facebook, where her friends said they were 'heartbroken'

Tara Wright's close friend Neo Godson posted this emotional tribute to her on Facebook 

Tributes were posted to Miss Wright on Facebook, where her friends said they were 'heartbroken'.

Her close friend Neo Godson posted images of the two of them together, with the caption: 'Tara you were such an amazing, funny and kind person - a best friend to me.

'You walked into the room and just put a smile on everyone's face! You brought the laughter to anywhere you went. You knew how to just make everyone happy. You were just so amazing and unique.

'All of the memories I have of us I will cherish forever.

'I would do anything in this world to hear your voice one more time. I love you always and rest easy beautiful.' 

Amie-Leigh Hickman posted: 'Rest easy Tara. don't know what's round the corner these days. Such a loving beautiful girl who I had a privilege of knowing, love u.' 

Ellis Quigley, 18, who worked with Tara at Teleperformance on Saturday, wrote: 'Can't believe I only saw Tara yesterday and saw that smile that would make anyone's day and now she's gone. 

'The funny memories of work and night outs seeing her will be cherished so much.' 

Chief Inspector Michael Gregg said: 'Our investigation is at an early stage, however, we believe there is a link between the collision on Ballygowan Road in the vicinity of its junction with Manse Road, and the discovery of the teenager's body.

'We need to know how this young girl was brought to the hospital, by whom and from where.' 

'I have a number of appeals to make this evening. Were you in the Manse Road area/general Ballygowan area between 1am and 2.30am this morning?

'Did you see a car matching the description of the silver Mercedes? Did you witness the collision? Did you see any other vehicles in the time after the collision, including a grey MG?

'If you were on the road at these times, please think back to what you may have seen. It's important we can track the movement of the vehicle involved to help us establish what happened.

'I also want to appeal to anyone who was in the Belfast City Hospital/Lisburn Road area of the city this morning and saw a grey MG to please call us.  

'Call 101 quoting reference number 227 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.'

The road on the outskirts of Belfast (pictured) was closed overnight until late afternoon on Sunday as PSNI investigated the 'serious crash' - five miles away from where Miss Wright was found

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