RTE's Prime Time to focus on missing teenager Deirdre Jacob from Newbridge

Programme to carry interviews with friends

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RTE's Prime Time to focus missing teenager Deirdre Jacob from Newbridge

Deirdre Jacob

RTE’s Prime Time will focus on Deirdre Jacob’s disappearance from Newbridge on July 28, 1998 this Thursday at 9.30pm with new interviews from her friends as part of a renewed appeal for information regarding her disappearance.

Deirdre's father Michael Jacob told the Leader that the programme will feature new interviews from her friends as well as focus on her last whereabouts leading up to the moment she went missing.

Meanwhile recently enhanced CCTV footage from the day Deirdre Jacob disappeared in 1998 is being reviewed in a bid to advance the Garda investigation into the murder of the Newbridge teenager.

The footage shows the then 18-year-old student teacher walking near the post office and up main street in Newbridge while on a number of errands that day 28 July 1998.

Other footage being digitalised for the investigation includes images taken from different points of Newbridge on the day that Deirdre disappeared, and the days leading up to her disappearance.

While the process is ongoing, the enhanced footage has brought into focus people and cars in the background previously blurred in the original images.

Her family are hopeful that this could lead to a breakthrough in her case which was upgraded to a murder investigation last August.

Deirdre was last seen near her home, at Roseberry at approximately 3 pm on the day in question.

The murder investigation is being conducted by Gardai from the Kildare Garda District with the support of the Serious Crime Review Team.  It is understood gardai are still focusing on a particular chief suspect, and a number of lines of inquiry, as part of the investigation, however gardai will not comment further.

The investigation team can be contacted at Kildare Garda Station, 045 521222 or  1800 666 111.

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