Northern Ireland

Identification of remains in Chloe Mitchell murder case ongoing, police say

Floral tributes at King George’s Park in Harryville, Ballymena, in remembrance of Chloe Mitchell (Liam McBurney/PA)
Floral tributes at King George’s Park in Harryville, Ballymena, in remembrance of Chloe Mitchell (Liam McBurney/PA) Floral tributes at King George’s Park in Harryville, Ballymena, in remembrance of Chloe Mitchell (Liam McBurney/PA)

Police in Northern Ireland investigating the murder of Chloe Mitchell have said a post-mortem examination on human remains found in Ballymena has concluded.

However, a detective has said that the but the process of identifying the remains is ongoing.

Ms Mitchell, 21, was last seen on CCTV in the early hours of Saturday June 3 in Ballymena town centre.

A huge search operation took place in the Co Antrim town following her disappearance.

Detectives launched a murder inquiry after suspected human remains were found on Sunday, June 11.

Chloe Mitchell missing
Chloe Mitchell missing A murder investigation was launched after human remains were found in the search for Chloe Mitchell (Family handout/PA)

Vigils to remember Ms Mitchell were held in her home town and in Belfast last week.

Providing an update on the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Richard Millar said: “The post-mortem on human remains found in Ballymena on Sunday June 11 has now concluded.

“The identification process is still ongoing.”

Meanwhile, a man charged with assisting an offender over the death of Ms Mitchell has been remanded in custody for a further two weeks.

Ryan Johnston Gordon, 34, from Nursery Close, Ballymena, appeared at the town’s Magistrates’ Court for a brief hearing on Tuesday.

A barrister for the defendant told the court there was no application for bail at this time.

Gordon, who appeared by videolink from Maghaberry Prison, was remanded in custody until July 6.

Another man, Brandon John Rainey, 26, from James Street in Ballymena, has appeared in court charged with the murder of Ms Mitchell.