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'Agony and tears' of Porthmadog canal murder family

Ffion Wyn Roberts
The family of Ffion Wyn Roberts have asked people to help the police inquiry

A retired minister who has been comforting the family of a young woman who has been found strangled said they were in "agony and tears".

The body of Ffion Wyn Roberts, 22, was found in an old drainage canal in Porthmadog, Gwynedd, on Saturday.

Her family have described her as a "thoughtful and caring" woman who had "found her niche caring for others".

Dewi Morris, a friend of the family, said Ms Roberts' murder had shocked the community.

The nursing home worker had been on a night out in nearby Tremadog with friends.

Police have said Ms Roberts had been in the Union pub until about 0330 BST on Saturday, then is believed to have walked towards her home along Church Street.

Her body was found in Porthmadog in a stretch of water known as Y Cyt in the town centre. The two towns are only a mile apart.

Police at the scene in Porthmadog
Her body was found in a stretch of water which runs through Porthmadog

Her family have issued statement issued via North Wales Police calling for people to come forward in the murder inquiry.

Mr Morris, who knows Ms Roberts' parents and grandparents, said Ms Roberts was "kind and caring".

He said: "I must say that when I visited them, they were in real agony and tears.

"And, of course, as you can imagine, nothing worse could happen to any family than what's happened to them.

"But I do know that they will be supported by the community because they do have so many very dear and near friends."

'Passion for football'

"I only hope that whoever is responsible has a conscience, and will come forward very soon."

In their statement, Ms Roberts' father, Idris, said: "Ffion was thoughtful and caring and always put others before herself.

"She went into caring and had found her niche caring for others."

The family said Ms Roberts had worked as a carer at a local residential home for the past three years and before that had worked in another local nursing home.

They said Ms Roberts had a passion for football and was a regular at Porthmadog FC matches where she also worked in the canteen in the club house.

A two-minute silence in her memory is to be held at the club's next match.

'Truth'

More than 100 police are involved in the investigation, which includes house-to-house inquiries.

Det Supt Peter Chalinor, the senior investigating officer, has said: "At the present time no-one has been arrested.

"We are following up all information and we will look at every avenue in search of the truth as to what happened to Ffion."

Anyone who was in the area of Tremadog or Porthmadog between the hours of 0330am and 0800 on Saturday is asked to call the police's incident room on 01745 538 474.



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