Man who ripped down posters of missing Elizabeth says gardai searched under his floors for her body
Published 27/03/2016 | 10:35
A man caught on camera ripping down the posters of a missing woman said gardai checked under his floorboards for her body.
Mum Elizabeth Clarke (25), from Portrane in Dublin, was last seen in November 2013 when she left her ex-boyfriend’s house in the Claremont Estate in Navan, Co. Meath.
Ms Clarke lived in the home with her two children, her ex-partner Kevin Stanley, along with his father Larry and his wife – but they say she moved out after splitting with Kevin.
She was reported missing in 2015 by her estranged family who hadn’t seen her in over a year.
Ms Clarke’s mother has told the Sunday World she believes her daughter is still alive while other family members fear she has been murdered.
Earlier this week Larry Stanley (49) was photographed tearing down a poster of the missing woman in the Claremount Estate.
Speaking to the Sunday World Mr Stanley claimed his family have been subjected to a campaign of intimidation.
“We have nothing to hide. We’re trying to get on with our daily lives. 22 gardai came into our house last January (2015). That’s a shock-and-a-half. They checked under the floors for her body and everything.
“In this estate, if I wanted to murder you now I’d never get away with it. There’s eyes on us all the time here. I cannot go out the back door without someone looking out a window at me. How would you do anything?
“They’re blaming our family for doing something. We would never do anything to her. All we ever tried to do was help her.”
Mr Stanley, who suffers with leukaemia, said he regretted tearing down the poster.
“I do regret it but when you’re putting up with this all the time you’re going to get pissed off. I’m in pain 24/7; my wife is in pain 24/7 eventually it's going to hit.
“I’d never have it in me to hurt anyone. I lost it and got thick after people were sitting in the estate for days.”
Mr Stanley claimed he was named on Facebook and his family was subjected to a whispering campaign.
“All this hassle builds up and I got fed up.”
He continued: “I’m sure you’ve heard rumours of all the stuff we were supposed to have done. We were supposed to have her tied up in the room. That never happened.”
Elizabeth left without taking her bank card or passport but Larry said she did have cash and he believes she may be abroad.
“I’m hoping she’s still alive. She could be in Europe or anywhere. It can be done. People can disappear if they want to.”
Elizabeth’s mother Noeleen Bieninda said that while she did not believe she had been killed, she wants answers as to what happened to her.
“It’s a complete mystery. Nothing makes sense.”
Noeleen said she hasn’t seen Elizabeth in around six years as she fell out with the family.
“The last word she said to me was the only time I’ll talk to you is when [two other relatives] were dead. I don’t even know the grandchildren and I can’t get to see them.”
Despite their separation, Noeleen still wants to know what happened to Elizabeth and pleaded with anyone with information to come forward.
“There’s no answers. Someone out there knows something but they’re not coming forward.”
Previously Ms Clarke's aunt Geraldine Olliffe told the Irish Independent of her concerns.
"There is nothing of Elizabeth," her heartbroken aunt,
"She has completely disappeared leaving her two young kids, and there have been no sightings, no evidence of where she went.
"People don't just vanish into thin air without a trace, and that is what has happened to our Elizabeth.
"We know that she wouldn't leave her little ones either, she lived for them, and everything she did was for them," she added.
Anyone who can assist in locating Elizabeth is asked to contact Navan Garda Station on (046) 9036100, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line (1800) 666 111 or any garda station.