July 16, 2024

Gardai seek link to suspect in cases of Kilkenny and Kildare women missing over 20 years.


A RENEWED nationwide appeal for information has been issued by the gardai and the family of a woman who disappeared 21 years ago.

Gardaí have made significant progress and are asking the public to come forward with any information which could assist their cases.

Deirdre Jacob was just 18-years-old when last seen 21-years ago in Newbridge, Kildare in 1998.

The last sighting of Deirdre was at 3 pm on Tuesday, July 28, 1998, crossing the road towards the entrance of her home at Roseberry, Newbridge, Co Kildare.

She was wearing a navy v-neck t-shirt with white trim on collar and sleeves, navy or black straight jeans and blue Nike runners when last seen and was carrying a distinctive CAT brand, black satchel. This bag has never been found.

Just three years earlier and not far from where Deirdre Jacobs went missing,  Kilkenny’s Jo Jo Dollard disappeared.  Her body has never been found.

The 21-year-old from Callan was snatched from the roadside near Moone, Co Kildare while hitchhiking back to her flat. She was last seen on November 9, 1995, and was calling a friend from the public phone box in Moone, when taken.

A woman fitting her description was seen in Castledermot, Co Kildare shortly afterward. An hour after this sighting a woman was hauled, barefoot, back into the rear of a car by two unidentified men in Dunkitt, Kilmacow, Co Kilkenny. This information only came to light 15 months after Jo Jo’s disappearance.

Anyone with information on either case is asked to contact Newbridge Garda Station at 045-431212, the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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