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Chloe Mitchell found dead

BY Anas Shah Jun 12, 2023. 03:19 pm UPDATED: Jun 12, 2023. 03:19 pm

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Following the finding of possibly human remains while looking for a missing woman in Ballymena, a murder inquiry has been opened.

Between the evening of June 2 and the early hours of June 3, Chloe Mitchell was last seen in the County Antrim town.

An extensive search has been conducted in an effort to locate the 21-year-old.

Det Ch Insp Richard Millar stated on Sunday night that there was now grounds for investigators to suspect she was murdered.

“Our thoughts this evening are very much with Chloe’s family and we have specialist officers providing them with support at this heart-breaking time,” he said.

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He noted that no official identification has been made of the corpses.

Two men, 26 and 34, who were previously detained in connection with her disappearance are still being held by police.

The 26-year-old was taken into custody in County Armagh’s Lurgan on Thursday, while the 34-year-old was taken into custody in Ballymena on Saturday.

Police were given an additional 36 hours to question the 26-year-old on Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday night in Ballymena, forensic teams were observed entering a home in James Street.

Police have been securing the premises for a number of days.

Phillip Mitchell, Ms. Mitchell’s brother, made an appeal for information on Friday, saying he was broken by her absence.

Police had classified her as a “high-risk missing person” at that point.

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The Harryville Presbyterian Church hosted a prayer vigil for Ms. Mitchell on Sunday night.

‘Saddened and disturbed’

Ms. Mitchell has been the target of extensive searches.

The Community Rescue Service (CRS) reported on Sunday that all requested search locations had been finished.

In a statement it added: “The CRS would like to thank the people of Ballymena, those who live and work in the Harryville area and especially Chloe’s family and friends for their exceptional support during our operations.”

The MP for the area, Ian Paisley, said he was “deeply saddened and disturbed”.
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“This is heartbreaking news for Chloe’s family and friends and will shadow the town of Ballymena with sadness,” he said.

“The family have stated they are broken. No one can understand just how deep that break is.”

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Mr Paisley said he understood the police would hold a press conference on Monday.

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