Did woman die in burglary that went wrong?

Police in the central city of Mechelen made a lugubrious discovery on Wednesday afternoon when they discovered the lifeless body of a 58-year-old woman in her flat in downtown Mechelen.

Prosecutors say that first indications point to the woman dying a violent death.  Investigators are working on the assumption that the woman was killed during a burglary that went wrong.

It was the woman's neighbours who first alerted the police after they hadn't seen the woman for several days.