En­hanced footage may help search for miss­ing woman

Stu­dent Deirdre Ja­cob dis­ap­peared near her Kil­dare home in July, 1998

The Irish Times - - Home News - SARAH BURNS

The fa­ther of Deirdre Ja­cob, the stu­dent who went miss­ing more than 20 years ago, has said he is hope­ful en­hanced CCTV footage will ad­vance the Garda in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his daugh­ter’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

The 18-year-old van­ished near her home out­side New­bridge, Co Kil­dare, on July 28th, 1998. She had gone to get a bank draft to pay for stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion in Lon­don where she was study­ing to be­come a pri­mary school teacher.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was up­graded from a miss­ing per­sons in­quiry to a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion last year.

CCTV footage taken from dif­fer­ent points in New­bridge on the day she went miss­ing and the days lead­ing up to her dis­ap­pear­ance are in the process of be­ing dig­i­talised and gar­daí hope this will iden­tify sev­eral new wit­nesses.

Con­victed rapist Larry Mur­phy re­mains a key sus­pect in Garda in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Mur­phy was re­leased from prison in 2010 hav­ing served 10 years of a 15-year sen­tence for the kid­nap­ping, rape and at­tempted mur­der of a woman in the Wick­low moun­tains in 2001.

Michael Ja­cob said the fam­ily is op­ti­mistic the en­hanced footage will “bring new leads or progress the case in some way. They’ve been work­ing on this for a while, they’re en­hanc­ing the CCTV tapes.”

Mr Ja­cob said he is in reg­u­lar con­tact with in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers, who are pur­su­ing “a num­ber of lines of in­quiry”. He said the fam­ily is “pos­i­tive” they will find out what hap­pened to the teenager. “If you don’t face this with a very pos­i­tive at­ti­tude, it could de­stroy you,” he said. “You have to be very pos­i­tive and hope that the next ar­ti­cle in the paper or next ap­peal will bear fruit. We as a fam­ily want to make a di­rect ap­peal to any­one that has in­for­ma­tion. We want peo­ple to re­alise maybe you might not have the in­for­ma­tion your­self, but may be very well aware of some­one that has in­for­ma­tion. That needs to be con­veyed to the gar­daí.”

Mr Ja­cob added “there is some­one that knows, there may be a num­ber of peo­ple who know or who know where the in­for­ma­tion is. Now would be a very time to bring that in­for­ma­tion in and let the gar­daí work on it.”

Deirdre Ja­cob: had gone to get a bank draft at bank in New­bridge

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