Missing woman cold case: remains to be exhumed

RTE News

Human remains washed up on an Anglesey beach 23 years ago are to be exhumed to determine whether they were of a missing woman from Ireland.

49 year-old Pauline Finlay was last seen walking her dogs on a beach near Kilmuckridge in County Wexford in March 1994.

Seven months later, the remains of a woman were found at Cable Bay, near Holyhead. The cause of death was unascertained and an open verdict was recorded at an inquest.

But on Tuesday, North West Wales coroner Dewi Pritchard Jones gave permission for the remains to be exhumed. He told a hearing in Caernarfon that both his predecessor and police had failed to identify the remains at the time.

A cold case review by North Wales Police and gardaí has now concluded that the remains were probably those of Mrs Finlay – and her family have been told they may have been buried unidentified in a Welsh graveyard.

In October, the High Court agreed to reopen the inquest following an application by Mr Pritchard-Jones. He said DNA information was available and if the remains were those of Mrs Finlay, they would be sent onto Irish authorities.

The exhumation is due to take place shortly.