Murphy rumours 'hitting hopes of finding Deirdre'
THE family of missing woman Deirdre Jacob has expressed concerns at speculation she may have been a victim of convicted rapist Larry Murphy.
The parents of the teenager who vanished in 1998 fear it may stop people coming forward with information.
Her father, Michael Jacob, urged people not to listen to speculation – and to come forward with any information they might have about her disappearance.
The family's plea came as gardai issued a fresh appeal for help in solving the disappearance of the teenager who went missing as she walked home 15 years ago.
Ms Jacob, who was then 18-years-old, was last seen on July 28, 1998, as she was on her way from the centre of Newbridge, Co Kildare, to her home in Roseberry on the outskirts of the town. She disappeared in broad daylight.
Gardai emphasised last night that they were still keeping an open mind on the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.
They pointed out that they had no evidence to link Murphy to their investigation although he had been listed as a possible suspect after his previous conviction.
Crimestoppers has offered a reward for information in relation to Ms Jacob's disappearance that could help the gardai. It can be contacted confidentially on the freephone number, 1800 250025.
Gardai in Newbridge hope the latest appeal could help jog people's memory.
Two days after the disappearance of Ms Jacob, a woman fitting her description was spotted at Tara Street in Dublin, but gardai have not been able to confirm any link.
Cold-case detectives have continued searching for the remains of potential victims of suspected serial killer Murphy in recent years.
Murphy, originally from Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, was released from prison in August 2010 and is believed to be living in mainland Europe. He had served 10 years of a 15-year sentence for abduction and rape of a woman in 2010.
Last December, garda divers searched a lake in Co Wicklow and gardai also searched around a hunting lodge, close to where Murphy was found with his abducted rape victim in the boot of his car.
It was reported the most recent searches followed an alleged confession made by Murphy to a fellow inmate in Arbour Hill Prison. The man claimed to gardai that the convicted rapist had talked about murdering Ms Jacob.
Murphy allegedly told the prisoner he pulled her into the car, drove up the mountains, killed her and dumped her remains in a lake.
Gardai have also examined his possible participation in the disappearance of other women who vanished in the south east.
He was one of a list of suspects in connection with 21-year-old Jo Jo Dullard who disappeared in 1995. She last called a friend from a phone box in Moone, Co Kildare, and told how she was planning to hitch home to Callan in Co Kilkenny.