Missing NI woman found in Peru jail

Published Saturday, 10 August 2013
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A Belfast woman who was believed to be missing in Ibiza has been found in jail in Peru, it has been reported.

Missing NI woman found in Peru jail
The family of Michaella McCollum-Connolly thought she had gone missing in Ibiza. (© Facebook)

Michaella McCollum Connolly, 20, was arrested alongside a 19-year-old British woman on Tuesday in Lima boarding a plane bound for Madrid.

Ms McCollum Connolly, and Melissa Reid, from the UK, are being questioned in connection with the discovery of more than 11kg of cocaine in food products in their luggage.

Diplomats have confirmed that they are helping a British and an Irish woman arrested in Peru over alleged drug trafficking offences.

The Foreign Office in London confirmed it was helping a British national.

"We are aware of the arrest of a British national in Peru this week and are providing consular assistance," a spokeswoman said.

Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs said it was also providing consular assistance to the family of an Irish woman being held in Peru on suspicion of drug trafficking offences.

Originally from Dungannon, Co Tyrone, Ms McCollum Connolly had been working as a nightclub hostess in Ibiza.

Her family launched a major online missing person campaign after she had not been heard from in 12 days.

© UTV News
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49 Comments
h in portavogie wrote (414 days ago):
Everyone deserves a second chance hope they get home to there family's asap would not like to be in there shoes.
h in portavogie wrote (414 days ago):
Everyone deserves a second chance hope they get home to there family's asap would not like to be in there shoes.
jude whyte in Belfast wrote (414 days ago):
A disaster for her and her family a total disaster
Roisin Ferris in Liverpool wrote (414 days ago):
If they are innocent how come their families didn't know they'd travelled to Peru?? If they were "forced" why didn't they ditch their bags at the airport at the first opportunity?? Why didn't they alert authorities? It's sad that these two young women have been naive enough to fall for whatever it is they've been told by the drug pushers back in Ibiza!! Feel sorry for their families, not for them.
mhuger in belfast wrote (414 days ago):
Yes of course they should be punished if they did wrong, of course they should now realise teh consequences of actions but in the midst of people's comments is a real sense of judgementalism - these girls are someones daughters, they also like the rest of us have made a mistake - yes I know theirs is a big one and sadly they will have to learn the hard way but just be careful some of you people making judgements - maybe if we knew the extent of your mistakes of those of your families you would not be so quick to sit in your glass houses.
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