Deirdre Jacob case under fresh garda review on 18th anniversary of Newbridge woman's disappearance

Student teacher went missing in 1998

Paula Campbell paula.campbell@leinsterleader.ie

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Paula Campbell paula.campbell@leinsterleader.ie

Deirdre Jacob case under fresh garda review on 18th anniversary of Newbridge woman's disappearance

Deirdre Jacob from Newbridge

The case of Deirdre Jacob, who went missing from Newbridge 18 years ago today, Thursday, July 28, is undergoing a fresh review by the serious crime unit at Harcourt St garda station in Dublin.

“Right now is a very good time for anyone with any information to get it into the gardai as they are in the middle of a big review of Deirdre’s case,” the missing girl’s father, Michael Jacob told the Leader.

“The serious crime unit and the cold case unit are looking at Deirdre’s case again. Right now they are combing through all interviews in her file and they have new people with fresh eyes working on it.

“This is the perfect time for anyone with any information, or any sightings of Deirdre or of the CAT bag she was carrying at the time, to come forward.”

Michael is urging people who may not have felt able to come forward at the time of his daugher’s disappearance to now phone Gardaí.

Changed circumstances

“It is 18 years on since Deirdre went missing and people who were very young at the time are now adults in different circumstances. Something that they may not have put any significance on at the time might be useful to the investigation now. Fresh eyes are now looking at the case so anything new would be very useful.”

According to Michael, the team working on Deirdre’s case at Harcourt Garda Station are experts on solving older cases.

“They have a good record on solving old cases including murder cases,”he added.

“New technology has moved on as well so now would be an ideal time. You can ring any garda number or Harcourt St directly.”

Deirdre, who was a trainee teacher in London, went missing on July 28 1998 not far from her home in Newbridge. She was last seen at 3.30pm at the gateway to her house. A sighting of her carrying a CAT bag was later reported in Dublin near Tara St station.

The Garda Confidential telephone line is 1800 666 111.