Sunday 21 October 2018

Appeal over murdered woman last seen 'with Romanian man who has since left country'

Gardaí investigating the murder of Linda Evans Christian, whose body was discovered at Coolmine Woods on Monday 17th July, 2017 make a fresh appeal at Coolmine Woods. Pictured is Sgt Louise McHugh
Pic:Mark Condren
Gardaí investigating the murder of Linda Evans Christian, whose body was discovered at Coolmine Woods on Monday 17th July, 2017 make a fresh appeal at Coolmine Woods. Pictured is Sgt Louise McHugh Pic:Mark Condren

GARDAI have issued a fresh appeal for information over the murder of a 29-year-old woman in Dublin.

Linda Evans Christian was found dead in Coolmine Woods, Blanchardstown on July 17, over two weeks after she was reported missing.

She was last seen leaving the Ash Ward of James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown around 9am on June 24.

Today, Detective Inspector Des McTiernan of Blanchardstown Garda Station renewed calls for anyone who saw her to come forward.

He said: “Did anyone see her on Saturday around the Blanchardstown or Coolmine area?"

“I genuinely believe that members of the public have information in relation to the murder and I am asking these individuals to come forward. Information can be given to investigating Gardaí at Blanchardstown Garda Station or any Garda Station."

Gardaí investigating the murder of Linda Evans Christian, whose body was discovered at Coolmine Woods on Monday 17th July, 2017 make a fresh appeal at Coolmine Woods.
Pic:Mark Condren
Gardaí investigating the murder of Linda Evans Christian, whose body was discovered at Coolmine Woods on Monday 17th July, 2017 make a fresh appeal at Coolmine Woods. Pic:Mark Condren

Gardaí have established that Ms Evans left the Ash Ward at the hospital with a man at 9.08am on Saturday 24 June.

She was also seen with the same man at 9.24am at the junction of Church Avenue and main street in Blanchardstown.

Detectives believe the man is Romanian and is no longer in the country.

A post-mortem carried out on Ms Christian's remains proved inconclusive but Gardai are treating her death as a murder.

She was wearing a green bomber jacket, blue jeans and was carrying a pink gym bag when she was last seen.

Neighbours and residents in the Dublin 15 addresses where she lived previously told the Irish Independent that they felt Ms Evans Christian was failed by the Irish care system  and should have been protected by the State.

She was fostered by the Christian family early in life and spent the first few years with them, living in their home on Hadleigh Green in Castleknock.

Her foster father, Myles Christian, was a lecturer at UCD.

Anybody with information can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 1800 25 00 25.

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