Appeal for information on 15th anniversary of Newbridge student Deirdre Jacob’s disappearance

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

Deirdre, a student teacher, went missing from outside her home in Roseberry 15 years ago last Sunday, July 28 while walking home from Newbridge at 3.06pm. She was 18-years-old at the time.

“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 ‘somebody somewhere knows something’.

“She disappeared into thin air,” he said. “There was no sign of any struggle. People must have information. 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.”

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.

“It is never too late to come forward in confidence. It might bring some closure to the pain and suffering experienced by Bernadette and Michael and her family. Every possible lead has been looked at and the case remains open”