(DailyVantage.com) – A murder investigation was launched after police discovered the remains of Chloe Mitchell, a 21-year-old woman, in Northern Ireland.
Mitchell was last seen in County Antrim, Northern Ireland between June 2 and the early hours of June 3.
On Sunday, June 11, local police stated that they had a reason to believe that Mitchell had been murdered. Mitchell’s brother, Phillip Mitchell, had reportedly “appealed” for more information regarding his sister’s welfare. Ms. Mitchell had been upgraded as a “high-risk” missing person leading up to the discovery of her remains. After an extended search, the police announced they had reason to believe she had been murdered.
Since Mitchell’s disappearance, two men have been arrested in connection with her case. Earlier media reports did not name the two men but stated that they were ages 34 and 26.
Media reported that the 26-year-old suspect was charged with Mitchell’s murder, and the 34-year-old was charged with “obstructing” justice. Additional media reports named the 26-year-old suspect as Brandon John Raine, and the 34-year-old was identified as Ryan Johnston Gordon. Rainey was remanded by a local judge to the Maghaberry prison, where he awaits trial.
Rainey reportedly has “significant” mental health problems, including paranoid schizophrenia. These medical facts were submitted to the court ahead of his trial. However, the judge “rejected” the medical plea for Rainey, because Rainey reportedly escaped a secure mental health facility “three times” leading up to the discovery of Mitchell’s remains.
Media reports stated that witnesses had seen police enter a house on James Street, Ballymena, North Ireland on Sunday, June 11. The area had been taped off by forensic teams for “days.”
As the news of Mitchell’s death spread, her family spoke out in her memory. Mitchell’s sister, Kirstie, posted to Facebook in memory of her “beautiful baby sister.” Kirstie expressed the grief of her entire family, stating that she had “no words” to explain what she felt and that she lost her sister and her children had lost their “auntie.”
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