CCTV may hold key to Monica mystery
GARDAI investigating the disappearance of civil servant Monica Riordan nine days ago have discovered CCTV footage of the woman close to her place of work.
Ms Riordan (39) originally from Finglas, Dublin, but living with her partner in Navan, Co Meath, went missing after leaving the Dublin city centre office where she works for the government agency Pobal.
Speaking to the Irish Independent last night, a close relative told of their nightmare Christmas.
"She's just an average girl; there's nothing out of the ordinary about her. Her disappearance doesn't make any sense," the relative said.
She attended work as normal on the Tuesday morning she disappeared, but it is believed she left her office on Holles Street at 11am.
Her mobile-phone was subsequently handed in to gardai by a passerby who found it near Grand Canal Street.
Gardai say Ms Riordan had made several calls to the emergency services with her last call made at 4pm on the day of her disappearance.
Since her partner reported her missing, gardai have been trawling through hours of CCTV footage in the vicinity.
The family member added: "Gardai told us they have CCTV footage of her outside Spar on Hogan Place which is very near to where she works.
"That footage is her last known sighting. That's all we have for now. They're still looking at CCTV.
"The police haven't stopped working since her disappearance and they're still chasing yet more CCTV. It's very time consuming.
"We've heard absolutely nothing and we have no clues to go on. It's a mystery.
"Christmas was incredibly difficult for all the family because we still haven't heard anything."
Monica is of average height and of thin build with shoulder-length blonde hair.
When last seen she was wearing a long grey coat, dark jeans and grey/white runners.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pearse Street garda station on 01-6669000.