North West Wales

Tracy Kearns: Kinmel Bay murder probe woman 'strangled'

Tracy Kearns Image copyright North Wales Police

A woman whose death is at the centre of a murder case was strangled, an inquest opening has heard.

The body of Tracy Kearns, 43, was found on 13 May, six days after she went missing from Kinmel Bay, Conwy county.

At a hearing in Ruthin, Denbighshire, on Tuesday, coroner John Gittins said a full inquest date would not be set due to ongoing criminal proceedings.

Anthony James Bird, 48, has been charged with Miss Kearns's murder and is due to go on trial in November.

Miss Kearns, who worked at Asda in Kinmel Bay, was described as a "wonderful mother who adored her children".

At the inquest opening, Mr Gittins, coroner for north Wales east and central, said a post-mortem examination gave a provisional cause of death as manual strangulation.

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