Deirdre Jacob's case re-classified as murder investigation after new information received
Gardai have today moved their investigating the disappearance of Deirdre Jacob in Newbridge from one of a missing person to murder and revealed that "credible and corroborated" information has come to light in the 20 year long investigation.
Speaking to Independent.ie Chief Superintendent Brian Sutton of Naas garda station said they now have persons of interest in the case and may conduct searches for Deirdre in the near future.
While the details of the new information remains under wraps, Chief Supt Sutton said it was of such significance that the investigation could be upgraded to murder.
"The information is substantial, and in conjunction with the Serious Crime Review Team and the local crime management team a murder investigation has been launched," he said.
"As such, all the aspects of a murder investigation will be examined, and searches, interviews, re-interviews and other investigation techniques cannot be ruled out," he added.
The fact that new information has come to light has been shared with Deirdre's family, but the nature of the information has not been revealed to them for operational reasons.
"Deirdre's family were told last week that the investigation was being upgraded. It is a difficult time for them but they have accepted it," said Chief Supt Sutton.
"We deal with evidence, not rumour or speculation, and this new development is significant, but we would still urge anyone with information to come forward, or if they have come forward before to come back to us if they have any more information," he added.
Asked if the new information might have a bearing on the investigations into Ireland's other missing women cases Chief Supt Sutton said that it could not be ruled out.
"At the moment the case of Deirdre is top priority, and we will look at the other cases if we feel this information could benefit those investigations," he said.
Deirdre Jacob was last seen on the 28th July 1998 near her home, at Roseberry, Newbridge, Co Kildare at around 3pm.
There has been a 20-year investigation into Deirdre’s disappearance during which significant enquiries were carried out to establish her whereabouts and to investigate the circumstances in which she disappeared.