A woman has died and her daughter is in a critical condition after being found with serious injuries at a Premier Inn in Greenock, Renfrewshire.
Nicola McDonough, 23, was found slumped in a corridor of the hotel at 7am yesterday morning and her mother, Margaret, 52, was discovered in a nearby bedroom.
An ambulance took both women, who had booked into a double room at the hotel for one night, to Greenock's Inverclyde Royal Hospital, where Margaret died yesterday afternoon. Nicola remains in a "critical condition".
Police said the incident was "unexplained" and are appealing for witnesses to report sightings of the two women and their car, a red Suzuki Swift which was left in the hotel car park, during the hours leading up to their discovery.
Chief Superintendent Alan Speir, who is leading the inquiry, said: "This is a tragic set of circumstances. The women are both from Paisley and we think they came from the town during the day and were in the Greenock area."
Margaret McDonough was a foster carerer and had twice stood for local council elections for the Liberal Democrats. Her daughter had recently graduated from the University of West Scotland with a BA (Hons) in social work and was working for the charity, Cosgrove Care.