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Thursday 19 October 2017

New search underway in investigation into disappearance of young couple two years ago

Willie Maughan and Anastasija Varslavane who were last seen on April 14 (Garda/PA Wire)
Willie Maughan and Anastasija Varslavane who were last seen on April 14 (Garda/PA Wire)
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

A search is underway in Co Louth as part of an investigation into the disappearance of a young couple who are missing since 2015.

William 'Willie' Maughan (34) and his Latvian girlfriend Anna Varslavane (21) are believed to have been murdered. They were last seen in April 2015 around Gormanston, Co Meath.

Gardaí in the Ashbourne area are carrying out a new search today and it is understood the search is connected to the disappearance of the young couple.

The pair were planning on moving back to the family home in west Dublin on the day they went missing.

Missing man Willie Maughan
Missing man Willie Maughan

Gardaí have previously carried out number of searches in Co Meath.

Previously Willie's parents, Joeseph and Helen, appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

William's parents believe the young couple were targeted because their son had information about a gangland murder.

Ms Maughan pleaded for anybody with information to come forward so she can lay her son and his girlfriend to rest.

"I know my son is dead," said Helen.

"I hope that somebody with information about his death will come forward so we can give him a final resting place.

"I hope they pick up the phone to the gardai or a priest and anonymously tell them where the bodies are, or any information they have.

"Then I can bury my child and that will give us closure."

Helen and Joe Maughan, parents of Willie Maughan pictured at Ashbourne Garda Station this morning appealing for information into disappearance or their son
Helen and Joe Maughan, parents of Willie Maughan pictured at Ashbourne Garda Station this morning appealing for information into disappearance or their son

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