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Sunday 22 October 2017

Trawl of missing woman's phone and bank records

Eoghan MacConnell.

GARDAI investigating the disappearance of a pregnant 30-year-old woman are to trawl through her phone and bank records as soon as businesses open this morning.

They are becoming increasingly concerned for the well-being of Aoife Phelan, who is almost four months pregnant and who was last seen in Co Laois on Thursday evening.

There have been no confirmed sightings of the woman, a native of Ballyroan, Co Laois, since she was seen at Colliers Lane in Portlaoise at around 8pm on Thursday.

Her family believe she may have arranged a lift from Portlaoise on the night she vanished. They also think her phone was switched off at around 9pm in the Mountmellick area, a short drive from Portlaoise.

A senior garda source said a number of lines of inquiry have been opened. "We obviously are very concerned but as time goes on we are more concerned. Everything we can do is being done."

As soon as business opens and access is available, investigating gardai will trawl through Aoife's bank and phone records, the source said.

Meanwhile, Aoife's family are believed to have called off a planned search yesterday of the area around where she disappeared. While the reason remains unclear, it is understood members of her family were advised against going ahead with it.

Appeal

The alarm over her disappearance was raised when she failed to turn up for her childminding job on Friday.

Her father Michael (58) and her mother Betty (57) are deeply concerned for her safety. Aoife is the fifth of 12 children.

Her mother said she had not noticed any abrupt change in mood before her daughter's disappearance.

Gardai in Portlaoise are again appealing to anyone who has any information about Aoife's whereabouts.

She is about 5ft 7in in height, of slim build and has long blonde/sandy coloured hair and blue eyes. When last seen she was wearing jeans, a knitted jumper and carrying a red bomber-style jacket with her.

Anyone who can assist in locating her is asked to contact Portlaoise garda station on 057-8674100, the garda confidential phone line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

Irish Independent

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