Human remains identified as death treated as homicide

 

Human remains found at a water treatment facility in the Blue Mountains have been identified as missing woman Cecilia Devine.

The 42-year-old was last seen on September 5 in the Newcastle suburb of Waratah and it was believed at the time that she had travelled to Sydney to see friends.

Police are now treating Ms Devine's death as a homicide with local detectives and the Homicide Squad investigating under Strike Force Eking.

They released CCTV footage today of Ms Devine, also known as Kristen Pearson, walking through Katoomba a day after she was reported missing.

Ms Devine is seen walking from a hotel on Katoomba St.
Ms Devine is seen walking from a hotel on Katoomba St.


She is seen leaving a hotel in Katoomba St wearing a yellow cardigan, black pants and carrying an orange handbag.

On March 18, staff at a water treatment facility in Katoomba discovered human remains in the nearby Upper Cascade Creek dam.

The remains underwent extensive forensic testing and were confirmed to be Ms Devine.

Cecilia Devine.
Cecilia Devine.

Police are now trying to piece together her last movements, joining Ms Devine's two brothers on Wednesday to appeal for information.

"We believe there are people out there who spoke with Cecilia or saw her at the time and we urge them to come forward," Blue Mountains Police Area Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Scott McAlpine said.

"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."

Detectives from Strike Force Eking have released the footage following confirmation the remains are Ms Devine.
Detectives from Strike Force Eking have released the footage following confirmation the remains are Ms Devine.