Saint John woman missing since November found dead

A Saint John woman who went missing in November was found dead in January after fishers discovered her body floating in the Bay of Fundy, police said Wednesday.

Shirley Woodhouse, 72, was last seen on Nov. 7, 2022, in the Westmorland Road area. She was reported missing soon after, as police and family expressed concern for her safety.

Investigators found her 2012 Hyundai Sonata a few days later in Cape Spencer on Red Head Road in Mispec, N.B., near Saint John. Searches of the area turned up no results on Woodhouse’s whereabouts, police said in a news release on Wednesday.

They did, however, find several items belonging to Woodhouse.

“Although there is no certainty, due to the nature and location of these items, it is reasonable to believe that Shirley may have sustained a fall from the edge of the cliff to the water,” reads a news release issued in November by the Saint John Police Force.

In the force’s most recent update on the case, police spokesperson Sean Rocca said the New Brunswick RCMP were called on Jan. 31 after partial human remains were located by fishermen in the Bay of Fundy.

DNA tests on April 19 confirmed the remains belonged to Woodhouse.

“The Saint John Police would like to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Shirley Woodhouse during this most difficult time,” said Rocca in a statement.

“The SJPF would also like to thank the public and RCMP for their assistance.”

Police say no cause of death has been determined at this time.