The case of missing Newbridge teenager Deirdre Jacob, who disappeared 16 years ago, has been taken up for review by the Serious Crime Review Team of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Deirdre, a student teacher, went missing from outside her home in Roseberry 16 years ago on Monday, July 28 1998 while walking home from Newbridge at 3.06pm. She was 18-years-old at the time.
Sergeant Seamus Rothwell of Newbridge Garda Station said it is a positive step that the review team are looking at the case.
“A case review has been initiated by the Serious Crime Review team at the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation,” said Sgt Rothwell.
“It is a fresh set of eyes looking at the case and perhaps something new will come out of it. The family have never stopped searching for Deirdre. The last sighting of Deirdre was at 3pm outside the entrance to her home in Roseberry. We are renewing our appeal to any person with any information who may be thinking of contacting the gardai but have not done so, or are waiting for the gardai to contact them.”
Deirdre’s steps taken that day have been well documented, from leaving her house at 1pm to stopping off at her granny’s shop, then over to the AIB, the Post Office and back towards home where she was last seen approaching her house at 3.06pm.
A fresh appeal for information on the disappearance of the Newbridge teenager has also been issued by her father, Michael.
“We are still anxiously waiting for some extra information - anything that has not been given up to now,“ said Michael. “Sometimes it is felt that information is of little significance, but no matter how small we need to hear it. We are delighted that a new team has been put together to look at the case with fresh eyes,” he said.