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Gardaí use CCTV footage to track Anne Shortall's final movements

Published 09/04/2015 | 02:30

Anne Shortall had been missing since Good Friday
Anne Shortall had been missing since Good Friday
Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy at the scene that the body of missing Wicklow woman Anne Shortall was discovered in Kiloughter County Wicklow

GARDAí used evidence from 13 different CCTV cameras as they pieced together the last known movements of slain mother Anne Shortall.

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A 38-year-old man will appear in Bray District Court this morning in connection with her murder. He was being detained in Wicklow Garda Station last night.

The local tradesman was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the killing of the mother of three and young grandmother.

A post mortem was carried out on her remains yesterday. However, the results have been withheld for operational reasons.

The 47-year-old's body was discovered in a shed in Killoughter, Co Wicklow, on Tuesday afternoon.

Gardaí also sealed off a second crime scene in the Murrough area and also seized a van as part of their investigation.

Ms Shortall was reported missing on Saturday, and a public appeal was issued by gardaí as to her whereabouts.

Numerous searches involving local volunteers took place until yesterday afternoon.

Ms Shortall, nee Doyle, had been spotted on CCTV in the Leitrim Place area of Wicklow town, where she got into a van on Good Friday.

Gardaí used 13 CCTV cameras in the locality to piece together more information about how she is likely to have died.

The local community of Wicklow Town hold a candlelight vigil in memory of Anne Shortall. Picture:Arthur Carron
The local community of Wicklow Town hold a candlelight vigil in memory of Anne Shortall. Picture:Arthur Carron
The local community of Wicklow Town hold a candlelight vigil in memory of Anne Shortall. Picture:Arthur Carron
The local community of Wicklow Town hold a candlelight vigil in memory of Anne Shortall. Picture:Arthur Carron
The local community of Wicklow Town hold a candlelight vigil in memory of Anne Shortall. Picture:Arthur Carron
The local community of Wicklow Town hold a candlelight vigil in memory of Anne Shortall. Picture:Arthur Carron
Anne Shortall had been missing since Good Friday
Gardai at the scene of the body of missing Wicklow woman Anne Shortall was discovered in Kiloughter County Wicklow this morning Pic Frank McGrath
Gardaí at the scene in Wicklow, where the body of Anne Shortall was found
Gardai at the scene where the body was discovered in Kiloughter County Wicklow. Photo:Mark Condren
Gardai at the scene where the body was discovered in Kiloughter County Wicklow. Photo:Mark Condren

Hundreds of people gathered in the spot where she was last seen alive last night to "guide Anne home" in a moving candlelight vigil.

Fr Donal Roche led a memorial service and thanked the large crowd for "their support in the wake of the terrible tragedy".

Gardai at the scene where the body was discovered in Kiloughter County Wicklow.
Photo:Mark Condren
Gardai at the scene where the body was discovered in Kiloughter County Wicklow. Photo:Mark Condren
Gardai at the scene where the body was discovered in Kiloughter County Wicklow. Photo:Mark Condren
Gardai at the scene where the body was discovered in Kiloughter County Wicklow. Photo:Mark Condren

Ms Shortall's brother-in-law Jon McCabe thanked the public for their support.

He said: "On behalf of the Doyle family, I would like to thank everyone from the community and the gardaí.

"We would also like to thank the civil defence volunteers, neighbours and friends," said Jon, who had led the search effort for Anne.

Ms Shortall had three young grandchildren and lived a quiet life in an apartment with her teenage daughter Alanna in Wicklow town.

She had two other adult children, Emma and David.

Her son David was in Spain when he heard the news of her death, and has struggled to make his way home.

His father, and Ms Shortall's ex-husband Colin Shortall, took to Twitter in an appeal for help in getting his son home.

"My son stranded in Spain while his mam is being searched for in Wicklow," he tweeted.

Rathnew councillor John Snell wrote on his Facebook page: "Once in a blue moon something so needless and devastating will stop people in their tracks, unfortunately, that occasion is here now.

"The community of Rathnew has lost one of our own, Anne Doyle Shortall RIP."

Irish Independent

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