Remains of missing woman Norma Girolami, 70, found in north London churchyard

Detectives searching for Norma Girolami have recovered human remains at Friern Barnet Lane in North Finchley, Barnet. Credit: Handout

The remains of a missing 70-year-old woman have been found following the search of a north London churchyard.

Detectives searching for Norma Girolami, who has been missing from Highgate since last year, recovered human remains at Friern Barnet Lane in North Finchley, Barnet, and identification has been confirmed, the Metropolitan Police said.

Ms Girolami was last seen alive in August 2021, and police launched a murder investigation in October 2021.

The Met said Ms Girolami liked to visit the seaside town of Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, and made a trip there on Thursday 19 August 2021. She took the train from Barking and returned to London later that day.

All communication from Ms Girolami stopped that evening.

Norma Girolami, 70, who went missing in August 2021. Credit: Met Police/PA

Detective Chief Inspector Kate Blackburn said the investigation into her disappearance is ongoing and urged anyone with information to contact police.

She said: “Despite accepting that Norma was no longer alive, I know that her family are deeply affected by the news that her remains have been found. Our thoughts are very much with them.

“My team has spent more than a year searching for Norma and there is a sense of relief that we have found her remains which will undergo forensic examination in due course.

“Despite this discovery, I would still be very keen to hear from anyone who knew Norma, either in London or at Leigh-on-Sea who can provide information on anything that was happening in her life in August last year.

“I am also appealing for anyone who saw any activity around the Churchyard in Friern Barnet Lane, N20 between August and October last year.

“Norma’s family and friends have endured a year of not knowing what had happened to her and our investigation remains ongoing.

“If you have any information, no matter how small a detail it may seem, please do get in touch.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC.

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