Human remains found at a water treatment facility in the Blue Mountains have been identified as missing woman Cecilia Devine.
The 42-year-old Newcastle woman had been missing for almost eight months, with police saying they held grave concerns for her welfare at the time of her disappearance.
Staff at a water treatment facility in Katoomba found remains in the Upper Cascade Creek dam at 12pm on March 18. After extensive testing, they were identified to be Ms Devine.
She had been reported missing from Waratah on September 5, 2018.
Police are now treating the discovery of her remains as a homicide and have launched Strike Force Eking to investigate.
As part of ongoing inquires, investigators have released CCTV footage of Ms Devine walking from a hotel in Katoomba Street, Katoomba, the day after she was reported missing.
She was wearing a bright yellow cardigan, black pants and carrying an orange handbag.
Detective Inspector Scott McAlpine said investigators were trying to piece together her last movements.
“One of the last known sightings of Cecilia Devine was her leaving this hotel and walking down one of the main streets of Katoomba,”he said.
“We believe there are people out there who spoke with Cecilia or saw her at the time and we urge them to come forward.
“We’re all wanting the same outcome – to find answers for Cecilia’s loved ones. They need to know what happened to her and how she came to be where she was.”
Today her two brothers made an emotional appeal to the public revealing his family’s heartbreak at her death.
Nathan Pearson said the family was struggling.
My mother would have been here he said.
As you can probably appreciate it she is not handling it too well. Like anything you don’t expect to be burying a sibling or child of your own.
He also urged anyone who may know anything about his sister to come forward.
To pass on any information, it’s all invaluable Mr Pearson said.
It doesn’t matter how small, how big.