Friday 28 April 2017

Missing couple were ‘expecting their first baby together’

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

The father of missing man Willie Maughan (34) has revealed that his partner Ana Verslavane (21) was expecting the couple’s first child before they went missing.

Distraught father Joe Maughan said that the couple had revealed their good news just before they disappeared last April.

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)

Willie Maughan and his partner Ana have been missing since 14 April 2015.

It is feared the couple may have been abducted from their Gormanstown, Co Dublin, home on April 14 earlier this year and subsequently murdered.

In an interview with the Irish Sun, the distraught dad said that his son was delighted with the news of the impending birth.

“It would have been great for us to have another grandchild,” he said.

Helen and Joe Maughan, parents of Willie Maughan who is missing along with his girlfriend Anna Varslavane, at the ceremony in Farmleigh yesterday
Helen and Joe Maughan, parents of Willie Maughan who is missing along with his girlfriend Anna Varslavane, at the ceremony in Farmleigh yesterday

Mr Maughan fears his son and Ana were murdered and believes that the man, who is the chief suspect in the case, would have known that Ms Verslavane was pregnant.

“I don’t understand how they could do that to someone who had another life growing inside them.”

Mr Maughan has previously spoken of his family's anguish since Willie and Ana went missing and believes they have been murdered. He has made an emotional online plea to have his son's body baby so he can give him "a decent Christian burial".

Mr Maughan said his family would have “closure” if he learned what happened to his son.

Missing: William Maughan
Missing: William Maughan

“It would mean I could bury the pair of them. If I got permission, I would bury the two of them in the same coffin."

Last month Mr Maughan made an emotional appeal for information on his missing son.

Gardai have said that they are "extremely concerned for the welfare of William (Willie) Maughan (34) and his girlfriend, Anastasija Varslavane (20).

Gardai at Ashbourne Co Meath have renewed their appeal this morning and said that "significant enquires have been made to date".

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