21 years on: Deirdre Jacob's file may soon be ready for DPP

File on chief suspect being prepared by Kildare gardai

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Deirdre Jacob

Deirdre Jacob from Newbridge

Gardaí conducting a murder investigation into the disappearance of Newbridge woman Deirdre Jacob over two decades ago may have a file ready for the Director of Public Prosecutions on a particular suspect in the next few months.

Last Sunday, July 28, marked the 21st anniversary of the student teacher’s disappearance from near her home in Roseberry.

The family’s liaison officer and former sergeant in Newbridge, Seamus Rothwell, confirmed that gardai investigations have taken a “particular avenue”.

He said that while the chief suspect in the missing teenager’s murder case could not yet be named, gardai are working on the file, which should be ready in the next few months.

“Every scrap of evidence has to go into that file and then it is up to the DPP to decide if the suspect will be charged or not,” he said.

“We are following up on everything we have on the case and looking at every strand, and if there is somebody somewhere that might have an idea about somebody else who may have been involved then gardai would still like to hear from them. Especially if somebody has something on their mind now is the time to say it.We won’t ask the question why it took so long — we’ll be very thankful for the information and thrilled to get it. It could well be relevant to the case.”

Deirdre Jacob was 18 years old when she was last seen 21 years ago on July 28, 1998, outside the family home in Roseberry. Last August, gardai upgraded her case from a missing persons to a murder investigation.

The investigation is being overseen by Supt Martin Walker from Kildare Garda Station. Officers from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s cold case unit and the Serious Crime Review Team are also involved.

Since Deirdre’s disappearance, gardaí have followed numerous lines of inquiry and conducted searches for the missing teaching student. However, no arrests have been made over the disappearance.

Deirdre’s father Michael said last week that his daughter’s murder case could be finalised in the next couple of months.

Enhanced CCTV footage from the day his daughter disappeared some 21 years ago has aided the investigation by making images clearer of people who walked down the street or drove through the area throughout that day.

“There are still a number of lines of inquiry though not many since the review has been intensified.”

He appealed for people with any new information to still come forward adding that there are people with “pieces of valuable information” still out there.

Gardai describe Deirdre as 5’3” in height, of slim build with grey/green eyes and dark chin length hair. She was wearing a navy v-neck t-shirt with a white trim on the collar and sleeves, navy or black straight jeans and blue Nike runners.

Deirdre was also carrying a black satchel type bag with the word CAT in large, yellow capital letters on the front. The bag has never been found.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Newbridge Garda Station at 045 431212 or the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111

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