Can you help Police find the right 'Berry' family
Detectives in North Wales Police are using the latest DNA
technology to help identify human remains discovered in North Wales
over the last five decades.
Under ‘Operation Orchid’ officers will combine
the latest advances in DNA technology and traditional investigative
methods to help conclude enquiries that started years ago and help
bring some closure to families who have lived with uncertainty for
such a long time. Criminality is not suspected in any
of the cases and the focus of the operation is simply to identify,
reunite and allow the dignity of a funeral service for family and
friends to pay their respects.
One such case dates back to 2nd January 1980
when female human remains were recovered from the sea 15 miles off
the coast of Llandudno. Despite extensive enquiries at
the time the female was not identified and her remains were
interred at a local cemetery.
Police enquiries with the National Missing
Persons Bureau have identified a potential match with a 39 year old
local lady Priscilla Berry born 16th May 1939. Mrs
Berry was reported missing from her Mochdre home on 14th June
1978 and it was suspected that she had taken her own life.
Detective Constable Don Kenyon of North Wales Police who is
leading the investigation said “It is now possible to link
close family members such as siblings or children through DNA.
If we can locate a brother, sister or child of Mrs
Berry we can take a DNA sample to compare to the remains and
establish if there is a familial link”.
“Although Mrs Berry went missing over 35 years
ago we believe it is still important for her family to know what
became of their relative and we will do all we can to help.
It is by no means certain that the remains are those of Mrs Berry
but the proposed tests should provide a definitive answer. We
are therefore appealing to anyone who is related to Priscilla Berry
or knows any of her family members to contact North Wales Police
and help bring some degree of closure to her family ”.
If you have any information which may assist
North Wales Police DC Kenyon can be contacted via email email@example.com
or by telephone on 01745 588784.