Missing woman's mobile phone found in car park
THE family of a missing 43-year-old woman have appealed for information after her mobile phone was found in a car park.
Deirdre McCarthy, who was last seen on Sunday night, had apparently showered and changed her clothes before she disappeared.
Her family said it would be "very out of character" for her to leave her home so late at night.
The alarm was raised on Monday morning after she failed to turn up to babysit a friend's children in her home town of Ballyvaughan, Co Clare.
Yesterday as dozens of gardai, coast guard volunteers from Doolin and Killaloe, local residents and friends gathered to help in the search, Deirdre's sister Helen Geoghegan made an emotional appeal.
"This is totally out of character for Deirdre. She wouldn't just take off on her own, definitely not," Ms Geoghegan said.
Deirdre was last seen at 11.30pm on Sunday when she returned to her home at Turlough House on the Lisdoonvarna Road following a night out with a friend.
Gardai have established that Deirdre was dropped off at home around 11.30pm and is known to have gone inside.
Gardai have established that the signal on her mobile cut off at around 4.58am on Monday.
Yesterday afternoon gardai found a mobile phone, which is believed to be Deirdre's, in a small car park just a few hundred metres from Ballyvaughan on the coast road.
Deirdre is described as 5 foot 2 inches in height, about 10 stone with short dark hair.
The search is due to recommence at first light today.
Gardai have asked anyone with information to contact them at Ennistymon Garda Station on 065 7072180.