CCTV Of Missing Woman Reveals Final Moments Before Disappearance
The family of a woman who was found dead in a remote NSW dam has spoken of their shock and grief at their loss.
Brothers Troy and Nathan Pearson described their "way too easy-going" and "dedicated" singer- sister Cecilia on Wednesday as they appealed to the public for information about her disappearance and death.
"It's been extremely difficult. Our mother would have been here, but as you would expect, she's not handling it very well. You don't expect to be burying a sibling or a child of your own," Nathan said on Wednesday.
In March, staff at a water treatment facility in Katoomba, NSW found human remains near Upper Cascade Creek dam.
After forensic testing, the remains were confirmed to be those of the Cecilia Devine, who was formally known at Christina Pearson. She was 42 years old.
Devine was last seen in Waratah, Newcastle about 150 kilometres north of Sydney in September last year. The circumstances surrounding her disappearance are mysterious and are still subject to a police investigation.
"She had a mental health issue, bipolar," Troy said.
"We don't know anyone that she knows of up in Katoomba and that's the weird thing for us, she hasn't got friends up there so we found that strange. She's got a lot of Sydney friends so it was a weird thing for her to be up there."
Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances that lead to Devine's disappearance and death. Detectives from Blue Mountains Police Area Command are being assisted by the Homicide Squad with their inquiries.
Police released CCTV footage of some of Devine's final moments as part of their investigation.
Blue Mountains Police Area Crime Manager, 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,” McAlpine 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.”
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