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Friday 29 August 2014

Woman who disappeared 'stumbled to death in Liffey'

Gareth Naughton

Published 15/01/2014 | 02:30

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Missing Monica Riordan

The partner of a woman who went missing two years ago told the Dublin coroner that he believes she stumbled to her death in the River Liffey.

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Coroner Dr Brian Farrell found that Monica Riordan (39), from Clonmagadden Fort, Navan, Co Meath, died most likely from drowning in Dublin city centre on December 20, 2011, the day she went missing.

Ms Riordan's body was never found. She was reported missing by her partner Keith Wynne on the evening of December 21, 2011. He last spoke to her on the phone at 11am on December 20 while she was at work and she told him that she was fine. However, she did not answer or return his calls later in the day.

Mr Wynne said that Ms Riordan had an alcohol problem. He told the coroner that he thought she may have gone on a "bender".

Sergeant Francis Byrne told the court that Ms Riordan called 999 five times on the day and initially told the responder that she was feeling suicidal.

Sgt Byrne said that her movements recorded on CCTV appeared "uncoordinated" and "haphazard".

She was last seen heading into a cul-de-sac where the only open side leads directly out into the River Liffey, he said.

Dr Farrell returned an open verdict.

Irish Independent

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