A murder investigation has been launched into the death of Joanne Lee in Dublin.

Ms Lee's body was discovered at a house on Ranelagh Road in Dublin yesterday after she was reported missing by her family three days ago.

The 38-year-old was last seen alive at her parents' house in the Garristown area of Co Meath on 5 February.

Gardaí are also looking for information about a silver Nissan Micra that Ms Lee had access to.

The registration is 08 MH 16073.

Superintendent Gerry Delmar of Donnybrook Garda Station confirmed today that a man in his 30s, who jumped from a window at the rear of the house, is recovering in hospital from his injuries and will be questioned in due course.

A post-mortem examination was carried out on Ms Lee's body today.

Last night, her uncle John Curry described her as a beautiful girl and said the family was devastated.

He said her death "just tore the soul out of us".

Gardaí said they are following a definite line of inquiry.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Donnybrook Garda Station on 01-6669200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.