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DNA appeal Gardai 'hopeful' family of mystery woman whose body was found in Cork will come forward

"Someone out there can help us – even by making a phone call and indicating us to check somewhere"

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The item of clothing found near the remains

The item of clothing found near the remains

The item of clothing found near the remains

Gardai are “still hopeful that a family will come forward” as they renewed an appeal to identify a woman whose remains were found near Midleton, Co Cork, in January. 

Workers developing a greenway discovered the remains near the Shanty Gate on the old railway line at Westpark, 3km from Midleton, on the afternoon of January 5.

The remains are believed to be those of a female older than 70 years of age at the time of her death.

She is believed to have been between 5’ and 5’ 2” in height, with a large frame and may have suffered from arthritis. She also wore dentures.

A crucifix and other items found close to the remains are believed to have been from a coffin and an item of clothing, 50 inches in length and thought to be a nightdress, was found nearby.

Inspector Eoghan Healy is appealing to others who may have a relative missing, or who are aware of remains having been removed from a burial plot, to contact gardaí to provide DNA samples, or any information they have.

“We are still hopeful that a family will come forward,” he said. “This person is someone’s relative. She may have been interred elsewhere.”

He added “We want people to come forward to give us DNA.

“The bones did not just arrive there. Someone out there can help us – even by making a phone call and indicating us to check somewhere.”

Inspector Healy said gardaí want to provide the woman with dignity by having her re-interred.

He added: “We want to treat the person with the dignity that she deserves.”

Anyone with information can ring Midleton gardaí on 021 462 1550.

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