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Friday 15 December 2017

Investigators mystified over disappearance of woman, 33


Gardai are still mystified about the disappearance of 33-year-old Blathnaid Timothy, who was last seen getting into a black Mercedes taxi on Dublin's quays nearly two weeks ago.

There has been no sign of the missing Galway woman, whose movements before her last sighting at around 8pm on Tuesday, December 14, on St John Rogerson's Quay also remain a mystery.

As part of their investigations, gardai have been checking on the known whereabouts of men who pose a threat to women but, as yet, there has been no evidence or sign to connect any with taxi-driving or a black Mercedes.

Gardai admitted yesterday that the disappearance was baffling. There have been no recent reports of attempted abductions or assaults on women in circumstances in any way similar to Blathnaid's disappearance.

CCTV footage of the taxi show it heading up the quays towards the city, but its destination remains a mystery.

Her brother-in-law, Glynn Murphy, yesterday again appealed to anyone who might have seen anything or knows anything about Blathnaid's movements from the morning of December 14.

It is not known at what time she left her shared apartment at Smith Hall on upper Camden Street near the Bleeding Horse pub.

Her flatmate, who left for work in the morning, was the last person to have reported seeing her.

Mr Murphy said: "The focus of our interest is in tracing the taxi driver.

"At the moment, that is our sole concern. The CCTV shows her getting into a black Mercedes on St John Rogerson's Quay at the National Irish Bank ATM." He repeated the family appeal for anyone who had any information at all to contact gardai at Harcourt Square garda station on 01-6669500. Anyone with information can also ring the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

He said they had no information about Blathnaid's movements from the time her flatmate last saw her that Tuesday morning. Gardai were able to ascertain that she withdrew €60 from the National Irish Bank ATM.

Blathnaid is described as being 5' 6" in height, with medium-length dark brown hair and is of thin build.

She has a pale complexion. She was wearing a black three-quarter length wool coat, grey jeans, dark shoes/boots and a red-and-black-patterned scarf.

She has had a successful business consultancy career in Dublin working for KPMG and most recently Coca Cola, fulfiling a contract with the soft drinks company, her last work, in September. Her sister Aoife and brothers Ronan and Brendan have been comforting her mother, Teresa, since the disappearance.

Sunday Independent

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