Deirdre Jacob: Parents appeal for information

Superintendent Joseph Prendergast appealling for information with Michael and Bernadette Jacobs
A fresh appeal for information on the disappearance of Newbridge teenager Deirdre Jacob has been made by her parents Michael and Bernadette at Naas Garda Station today.

A fresh appeal for information on the disappearance of Newbridge teenager Deirdre Jacob has been made by her parents Michael and Bernadette at Naas Garda Station today.

Deirdre went missing from outside her home in Roseberry 15 years ago on Sunday, July 28 while walking home from Newbridge at 3.06pm.

“We need help to find our daughter,” said Bernadette.

“We are no further on today than we were 15 years ago. She was carrying a CAT bag at the time and it has never been found.”

Deirdre’s father Micheal appealed for any piece of information to be shared with them, ‘no matter how insignifcant it may seem’.

“It has been very difficult,” he said. “There has never been a moment in all those years that we don’t think about Deirdre. Morning, noon and night you wonder would you see her in the crowd. It never ends.”

Superintendent Joseph Prendergast said that today is about appeallling for information adding that ‘people may speculate about what happened but it is our job to investigate’.

“On Thursday, July 28 1998 - the summer that Kildare reached the All Ireland final, Deirdre Jacob a lovely young girl from Newbridge with a bright future disappeared,” the Superintendent said.

“She had been attending college in London studying primary school teaching. She left her house at 1pm and walked 20 minutes until she reached main street. She went into her granny’s shop and stayed for lunch. She then went to the AIB to get a bank draft for her college accommodation in London and went into the Post Office to post it. She met a school friend and they had a conversation. She then turned towards home in Roseberry. She walked on the left hand side of the street and then crossed to the right. She crossed back over to the left on approaching her house and that is the last sighting we have of Deirdre.”

Gardai have interviewed 2,000 people over the 15 years since the popular 18-year-old went missing.

“Land and rivers have been searched,” he added. “We are here today to appeal for information. It is never too late to come forward. Now is the time to make that phone call. It will be treated in confidence and it might bring some closure to the pain and suffering experienced by Bernadette and Michael and her family.” Contact Crimestoppers on 1800250025

-Paula Campbell