A murder investigation has been launched by detectives investigating the disappearance of Chloe Mitchell in Ballymena following the discovery of human remains on Sunday.
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Millar said: “Sadly today detectives have recovered suspected human remains in Ballymena, and while there has been no formal identification, we have now launched a murder enquiry into the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of 21-year-old Chloe Mitchell, who was a high risk missing person.
“Earlier this week we launched a criminal investigation into Chloe’s disappearance. Tragically, we now have reason to believe that Chloe was murdered.
“Our thoughts this evening are very much with Chloe’s family and we have specialist officers providing them with support at this heart-breaking time.
“I would like to thank the community in Ballymena and the Search and Rescue teams for their help in trying to find Chloe.
“Two men, aged 26 and 34, remain in police custody helping police with their enquiries. Further details will follow in due course.”
The 26-year-old was arrested in the Lurgan area on Thursday.
Anyone with information is asked to call detectives on 101 and quote reference number 2262 of 05/06/23.
Alternatively, you can submit information and/or upload videos, images and dash cam footage onto the Major Incident Public Portal on https://mipp.police.uk/operation/PSNI23S09-PO1
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers.uk.org.