Gardaí investigating the deaths of a 27-year-old woman and her eight-year-old daughter in Killorglin, Co Kerry are expected to announce a double murder investigation when post-mortem examinations are complete.

The post mortems are being conducted by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster at Kerry General Hospital in Tralee.

They are to resume tomorrow morning.

The deceased, named locally as Jolanta Lubiene and her daughter Enrika, are believed to have died from stab wounds.

Their bodies were discovered at Ms Lubiene's house in Killorglin at around 8.30pm last night.

The house at Langford Downs was sealed off for a forensic examination.

Ms Lubiene's body was found in a downstairs room of the house and her daughter's body was found upstairs.

Officially, gardaí are continuing to treat the deaths as suspicious, but the status of the investigation is expected to be upgraded to murder once the preliminary post-mortem results are available.

Ms Lubiene's husband Marius flew into Dublin this afternoon from Sweden, where he has been working. He is with her family in Co Kerry. He was last there for his daughter’s communion in May.

Neighbours say Ms Lubiene, who was from Lithuania, had been living in Kerry for the past five years.

Gardaí have appealed to anyone who may have seen her in the past week to contact them.