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Human remains exhumed in case of missing Irish woman

The blessing was before the exhumation in North Wales. Credit: North Wales Police

Human remains, thought to be those of an Irish woman who went missing in the mid 90s, have been exhumed from an unmarked grave in North Wales.

North Wales Police helped to remove the remains from grave at the Ynys Wen cemetery before escorting the hearse to Ysybyty Gwynedd.

The remains will now undergo an examination later this week.

It's thought they could belong to Pauline Finlay who disappeared Co Wexford on the 25th of March 1994.

The remains will now be examined to determine if they are those of missing Pauline Finlay. Credit: North Wales Police

The exhumation was preceded by a brief but moving graveside blessing from local priest Father Frank Murray. The exhumation was conducted with dignity and respect by all involved. I’d like to extend my thanks to those who assisted including local undertakers, the Local Authority, my colleagues and the gathered media.

I have spoken to Pauline’s family who are pleased that this aspect of returning her to them is now over. I’d also like to pass on our thanks to the local community for their understanding and can now report access to the cemetery has returned to normality. In particular I would like to apologise to the family who visited the cemetery this morning but had to be turned away.

– DC Don Kenyon North Wales Police

The HM Coroner for North West Wales will now determine if the remains do in fact belong to Ms Finlay.