Friday 19 January 2018

'Strong indication' that unidentified remains found in Wales may be missing Irish woman

Pauline Finlay (49) from Co Wexford is missing since March 1994. Photo: RTÉ
Pauline Finlay (49) from Co Wexford is missing since March 1994. Photo: RTÉ
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Police in Wales have said there's a 'strong indication' that unidentified remains that washed up in Wales may be that of a missing Irish woman.

Pauline Finlay (49) from Co Wexford is missing, believed drowned, since March 1994.

According to RTÉ, police in Wales now believe an unidentified woman whose body was washed up on the coast near Holyhead in October of that year may be that of Ms Finlay.

The 49-year-old disappeared while walking her dogs on a beach near Kilmuckridge in Co Wexford and it's believed she drowned in an accident but her body was never found.

North Wales police are investigating a number of unidentified bodies and are working with gardai to see if there are any Irish connections.

A DNA comparison has now been carried out between Ms Finlay's family and the unidentified woman.

Police have told the Finlay family there is a "strong indication" the body is that of their loved one.

An inquest will be held for a formal identification to be made.

Members of the Finlay family will travel to Wales in the coming weeks to meet police and visit the grave which may contain the remains of Pauline Finlay.

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