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Orlaith Clinton & Cian O'Broin

Frantic search goes on for missing Irish woman Chloe Mitchell as man is arrested

Police in Northern Ireland are conducting a major search operation this Friday following the disappearance of a young woman one week ago and the arrest of a man.

Investigating officers are appealing to any members of the public with information on the whereabouts of Chloe Mitchell to reach out to them. Between Friday, June 2 into the early hours of Saturday, June 3 was the last time she was seen, in Ballymena Town Centre in Antrim.

Chloe, 21, was last observed on CCTV heading on foot towards James Street. She was wearing a green and black North Face style jacket, a white t-shirt, leggings and Nike trainers at the time, Belfast Live reported.

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Chief Inspector Arnie O’Neill, speaking on Thursday night, revealed that a male, 26, has been arrested in Lurgan "and is currently helping police with enquiries."

"Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101 quoting reference number 2262 05/06/23," Chief Inp O'Neill added.

The Community Rescue Service is assisting in the searches for Chloe, with community groups in Ballymena also conducting searches for Ms Mitchell, including the Harryville Residents Association and Ballykeel and District Community Association.

Sean McCarry, Community Rescue Service told the BBC that the team is linking up closely with police for the searches.

"Our teams were using special equipment to assist with the search. We started yesterday morning in the early hours and went right through into this morning. We took a break and now we are back at it as we speak," he said.

He described the search as "quite wide-ranging" with the focus on the last place where Chloe was seen.

"Our teams are working along the Braid River. Because it has been so dry through the past few weeks there isn’t a big flow in the river," Mr McCarry said.

"Police in Ballymena are becoming increasingly concerned as to the whereabouts of 21-year-old Chloe Mitchell. Chloe was last seen at 6.45pm on Friday June 2nd in the Harryville area.

"Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101 quoting reference number 2262 05/06/23," the PSNI appeal states.

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