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Saturday 23 September 2017

New bid to solve case of mum who vanished after Bowie concert

Lisa and Rachel Smith launch an appeal for information on the murder of their mother, Antoinette Smith, who was last seen on July 12, 1987, in Dublin
Lisa and Rachel Smith launch an appeal for information on the murder of their mother, Antoinette Smith, who was last seen on July 12, 1987, in Dublin

Valerie Loftus

GARDAI want to find two men who shared a taxi with a woman on the night a single mother was murdered and dumped in the mountains over two decades ago.

Antoinette Smith, a 27-year-old mother of two from Clondalkin, was last seen on O'Connell Street in Dublin in the early hours of July 12, 1987.

She had attended the David Bowie concert at Slane earlier that night and returned to Dublin city centre to go to La Mirage nightclub on Parnell Street with friends, leaving at 2:15am.

Her body was found nine months later on April 3, 1988, at Glendoo Mountain in Enniskerry, Co Dublin.

TAXI

After her body was discovered, a taxi driver reported that two men and a woman got into his taxi on Westmoreland Street at around 3:30am on the morning of July 12.

The taxi driver believed the woman matched the description of Antoinette Smith.

They spoke of eating at Abrakebabra on Westmoreland Street and asked to be left at a house party in Rathfarnam.

The two men were aged in their 20s and had soft Dublin accents.

One was tall with dark hair, and the other had collar-length hair.

It is believed they would now be in their mid- to late-40s.

Gardai are investigating whether these men were the same two men that were seen by walkers coming down from Glendoo Mountain at around 5:30am on July 12.

The two men attracted suspicion from the walkers as they were "not dressed for hill-walking".

Gardai are also searching for a black and red Texaco sports bag Antoinette was carrying when she was last seen.

Detective Superintendent Patrick Lordon said they were reviving the case after 26 years because "circumstances are different".

"We're in concert season at the moment, and people will remember events like that in their lives," he said.

He asked women to remember anything "unusual" they may have noticed about their "boyfriends, brothers, fathers" at that time.

"Scratches, cuts – Antoinette would have tried to put up a fight," he said.

Antoinette's daughters, Lisa and Rachel Smith, urged anyone who may know something to inform gardai.

"Someone, somewhere knows something," said Lisa (33). "Come forward and bring closure to our family."

"I hope the person who did this sleeps well at night. They broke our family apart," said Rachel (30).

"How she was found. . . you wouldn't treat an animal that way." Lisa and Rachel were aged seven and four at the time of their mother's death, but they remember her as "full of life", a fun-loving woman who was "always up for a laugh".

Gardai are looking for anyone with information to call the Crimestoppers hotline at 1800 25 00 25.

Irish Independent

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