Missing Corby mum is found dead in France

Agnes Rooney
Agnes Rooney

The remains of a body found in France have been identified as those of Corby woman Agnes Rooney.

Mrs Rooney went missing during a holiday abroad.

But the heartbreak continues for Jeanette Rooney and her sister Anne-Marie who still don’t know how Agnes died.

After weeks of distress, as they waited for the body to be formally identified, they were told this week that the remains found in woodland near Rouen are those of their 64-year-old mum.

In mid-July Mrs Rooney, known as Nancy, of Dorking Walk on the Kingswood estate, Corby, left home to go on a holiday to Bulgaria.

Agnes was due to return to the UK on September 25 but when she failed to come home her daughters contacted the police.

The sisters were told their mother had gone missing in France in the last days of the holiday during the drive back through Europe.

After an investigation by French police, a body was found near Rouen on October 11.

Jeanette, who lives near Stamford, and Anne-Marie, who lives in Corby, confirmed jewellery taken from the body was their mum’s but a formal identification could not be made without a DNA match.

Jeanette said: “We have been through hell. It has taken more than two months to get confirmation that it was my mum’s body which was found in France.

“I have been suffering from anxiety and unable to go to work.

“Even now we still don’t know how my mum died.

“We have now started the process to bring my mum home but we still don’t have any answers.”

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We can confirm the death of a British National reported missing on September 26.

“We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time and are in contact with the local authorities.”

The sisters said their anguish was made worse because of the length of time it took to formally identify their mum.

They blamed the delay on the inefficiency of the authorities involved in the case, including the French police, Interpol and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

In an email to the Foreign Office, written on November 28, Jeanette said: “Do you realise it’s been seven weeks since my mother (or we think it is anyway) was found dead?

“Do you cry yourself to sleep every night due to the way your mother is being completely disrespected?”

However, the sisters praised the support they received from Northamptonshire Police.

A police spokesman said: “We are providing support to Jeanette and are in regular contact with Interpol and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

“We are required to work through Interpol and the French authorities, who have local processes that need to be followed.

“We will continue to support Jeanette.”