Gardaí investigates missing women to launch new research

Gardaí investigating the disappearance of Deirdre Jacob and other women who went missing in Leinster over twenty years ago begins a search tomorrow at a site in Co Kildare.

The search for dense forests near the Usk Little area, near the County Wicklow border, is expected to take several weeks.

Gardaí said the research was being undertaken on the basis of “credible information” that emerged during the ongoing murder investigation and a review of previous interviews and evidence.

Deirdre Jacob went missing near her home in Newbridge 23 years ago. She is one of at least six women who disappeared without a trace in the east of the country in the 1990s.

Three years ago, the Gardaí turned the missing person’s case into a murder investigation and a file on the case is currently with the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Witnesses were re-interviewed and evidence re-examined, leading to the emergence of recently uncovered credible information regarding the wooded location in South Kildare.

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Gardaí said the research was not started because someone provided new information, but rather because of the ongoing investigation.

They believe they now have sufficient reason to begin this detailed search in a new area and will begin searching for acres of densely forested area tomorrow morning.

They say the research will be long, slow, methodical and laborious and will involve divisional research teams as well as Garda’s technical office, Forensic Science Ireland and a forensic anthropologist.

Other specialized units, such as the watchdog unit, will be used if necessary and the defense forces have also been asked to be on standby.

A mobile incident room is to be set up on the site for the duration of the research.

Gardaí says they are looking for human remains, clothing or any other evidence that could help advance not only the Deirdre Jacob investigation, but any further investigation into one of the other missing women.

The families have been informed of the development.

Deirdre Jacob

While the information that led to the search comes from investigations into the Deirdre Jacob case, Gardaí says they don’t know what they might find and might not find anything and, therefore, are deliberately vague in their official statement.

They described the research as “linked to the disappearance of women in the Leinster region” without specifically referring to an individual case.

An open-air press conference must also take place at the site and limited access must be provided for photographs and filming.

Gardaí also said he would continue to do everything possible to reunite the families of a missing loved one.

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