Search stepped up for missing woman
GARDAI have stepped up their search for a missing woman after recovering her mobile phone near a canal.
Monica Riordan, 39, was last seen by colleagues at Holles Street hospital in Dublin on Tuesday morning. She sent a number of emails to colleagues and left her office at around 11am.
Her mobile-phone records show she rang the emergency services several times during the afternoon. The last calls were made at 4pm. Her phone was subsequently handed in to gardai by a passer-by who found it in the Grand Canal Street area at 5.30pm.
Ms Riordan did not return to the home she shares with her partner in Navan, Co Meath, that evening. He reported her missing on Wednesday, after she failed to show up for work.
CCTV cameras caught her movements through the south inner city after she left work. Gardai searched the canal on Friday for further clues to Ms Riordan's disappearance, which her family and friends have said was out of character.
Gardai are expected to search the River Liffey over the weekend.
They are appealing for anyone who saw her to come forward, particularly anyone in the Grand Canal Street area on the Tuesday she disappeared. She is of average height and of thin build with shoulder length blonde hair.