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The bank had been unsuccessful in selling or renting it out, so it remained unoccupied. On 19 September, forensic detectives began a search of the apartment. It consisted of a bedroom, bathroom and a kitchen/living room leading to a small balcony. Over the year, Elaine’s father had removed cutlery and other appliances. A TV, a decoder box and an exercise bike remained where Elaine had left them. The bedroom was bare, apart from a rug on the floor under the double bed. There were no bedclothes, except for a sheet on the mattress.
In April she told her therapist about the incident and described her father as being left ‘speechless’. Over the last few years before her disappearance Elaine’s condition had stabilized somewhat and she had attended St Edmundsbury for outpatient therapy sessions. Her family and doctors felt that she was making progress. In July 2011, Elaine told her therapist that she had miscarried a few months earlier. She said she had been five weeks pregnant. That November she phoned her sister, Ann, to say that she had suffered a miscarriage in May.
The first stage in proceedings was to gather every scrap of evidence where the body was found. This required a meticulous fingertip search that would have to be carried out by trained search teams and forensic crime-scene investigators. Since the light was fading fast, the work could not begin until morning. The area containing the bones and clothing was placed under guard overnight. m. at the crime scene in Killakee. Dr Maloney officially pronounced death, a legal requirement of the coroner’s court.