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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Missing Deirdre's parents in appeal for leads

Bernadette and Michael Jacob, parents of Deirdre Jacob who disappeared in 1998

Valerie Loftus

THE parents of a woman who disappeared metres from her front door 15 years ago have told how their missing daughter is "constantly on our minds".

Michael Jacob said he looks out for Deirdre Jacob's face in crowds, and especially when he drives down the road on which she was last seen.

Ms Jacob was 18 when she went missing from her home town of Newbridge, Co Kildare, on July 28, 1998. She would be 33 now.

She was last seen near her house at around 3pm, and was reported missing by her parents at 9pm. Fifteen years on, Ms Jacob's mother Bernadette described the fear she felt upon realising her daughter was missing.

"I rang the house at 5pm and got no answer, which was unusual. When I arrived home from work, the door was locked as it would have been if someone had left, and I was in a panic from then on," she said.

Mr and Mrs Jacob are appealing for anyone who may have noticed "different behaviours" in family members and friends at the time to inform gardai.

"We are no wiser today than on the day she went missing," said Mrs Jacob.

Suspicions that rapist Larry Murphy was behind the disappearance were renewed after he allegedly confessed to murdering Ms Jacob to a fellow inmate in Arbour Hill Prison.

However, Garda Joseph Prendergast, superintendent of Naas garda station, dismissed the suspicions as speculation.

"People speculate, but it is our job to investigate. We are following all lines of enquiry and exploring every possible avenue," he said.

Irish Independent

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