Woman's pilgrimage death remains a mystery

The family of an Irish woman who mysteriously disappeared during a pilgrimage to Medjugorje will never know how she died, an inquest heard today.

The family of an Irish woman who mysteriously disappeared during a pilgrimage to Medjugorje will never know how she died, an inquest heard today.

Winnie Brady, 59, from Kilbarrack, north Dublin, vanished during a trip in Bosnia-Herzegovina last September.

Her body was found by a hunter more than four months later, on a remote hillside 3km from her guesthouse.

Although an autopsy ruled out a violent death, the cause remains undetermined.

The inquest heard Ms Brady, a mother of five who suffered from arthritis, was last seen going for a walk.

However, two months later a taxi driver recalled taking her to Apparition Hill, where Our Lady is said to have appeared.

After the hearing, her daughter Carmel Moody said she would never have closure.

“We feel relieved that this is finally over and that we can get on with the rest of our lives and put our mam to rest,” said Mrs Moody.

“But this doesn’t make us feel anymore wiser than before because we don’t know the exact cause of death.

“If we got told she died from the cold or a heart attack that might bring closure, but the fact that we do not know, to me it will never bring closure.”

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