A murder inquiry has been launched following the discovery of the bodies of a mother and daughter in Co Kerry.

Jolanta Lubiene, 27, and her eight-year-old daughter Enrika were found dead at their home in Killorglin on Sunday evening.

Preliminary results from post mortem examinations indicate that both died after they were stabbed.

The post mortems were carried out at Tralee General Hospital by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster.

The garda leading the operation described the deaths as "horrific", as he renewed his appeal to the public for assistance.

Superintendent Flor Murphy confirmed that the last sighting of Ms Lubiene was at 1.50pm on Saturday at Langford Street in Killorglin, as she walked home after shopping in the town.

He appealed to anybody who was in Langford Street and, especially, in Langford Downs, on Saturday afternoon to come forward.

Ms Lubiene was dressed in a dark jacket and trousers and was wearing white runners when last seen.

Enrika was last seen in Langford Downs on Friday afternoon.

Superintendent Murphy confirmed that Interpol, the Lithuanian Embassy and Lithuanian police have already been contacted as part of the investigation.

Asked if there were any leads so far, Superintendent Murphy said all aspects of the inquiry were being explored.

He appealed for people with information to contact Killarney Garda Station on 06466-31222 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111.

Gardaí are anxious to establish who Ms Lubiene met and who she was talking to.

They believe she may have known her killer and let that person into her house.

Detectives also believe the killer's clothing would have been heavily blood-stained and that the person would most likely have been in an agitated state.

A forensic examination is continuing at the home and gardaí are searching for the murder weapon outside.

Door-to-door inquiries are continuing in the area.