Clothing worn by the Ballinamona Woman

Ballinamona Woman

Found On: 12th December 1995

The body of a woman washed up on Ballinamona Strand, Kilmuckridge, in Co. Wexford, Ireland, just a few miles south of the town of Gorey. Two Volkswagen keys were found in her pocket with a ball-shaped keyring. She wore laced brown flat-heeled shoes size 39 insole with four-star and ‘Made in France’ written on them. She was buried at Crosstown Cemetery in May 1996 and became known as the “Ballinamona Woman”.

About

On 12 December 1995, a female body washed up on Ballinamona Beach, Kilmuckridge, Co Wexford in Ireland. The upper half of the body was skeletal and the bottom half more intact. She wore Lee Jeans with a diamond-shaped motif of a woman wearing sunglasses. It was established they were manufactured in Belgium in 1986-1987 under fashion name ‘Rumour’. The jeans were never officially sold in Ireland.

She also had two Volkswagen keys in a pocket with a ball-shaped keyring. She wore laced brown flat-heeled shoes size 39 insole with four-star and ‘Made in France’ on them. No VW vehicle was found abandoned on the County Wexford Coast.

Investigation

In 2007, the skeletal remains were exhumed to allow for further examinations to be carried out and for DNA samples to be taken in an effort to identify the woman.
It was revealed when the body was exhumed that the Irish state had lost the woman’s skull before her first burial.

The Garda Commissioner wrote to the Department of Justice stating that the skull had been removed in 1996 but that and other DNA samples had been lost.

This Investigation is being led by our team at the University of South Wales.

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