Sunday 22 April 2018

'It just never goes away' - Deirdre Jacob's parents to make fresh appeal on Crimecall for information on daughter's disappearance

Bernadette and Michael Jacob appeal for information on their daughter Deirdre who went missing in 1998
Bernadette and Michael Jacob appeal for information on their daughter Deirdre who went missing in 1998
Deirdre Jacob, who went missing in 1998
Deirdre Jacob
Deirdre Jacob
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The parents of Deirdre Jacob, who has been missing since 1998, will make a fresh appeal for information about her disappearance on this month's Crimecall.

Deirdre was just 18 years old when she walked into Newbridge town on July 28, 1998.

She was to start her second year of teacher training at St. Mary’s in Strawberry Hill, Twickenham and was getting a bank draft to send to a college friend for her rent deposit.

She went to the bank, the post office and then visited her granny in her shop before heading home. She was last seen shortly after 3pm inside the gate of the family home in Roseberry, Newbridge.

Deirdre Jacob, who went missing in 1998
Deirdre Jacob, who went missing in 1998

Despite intensive searches and appeals there has been no trace of Deirdre since then.

Speaking about how her disappearance has affected the family, her fahter Michael said, "It may be you wake in the middle of the night and we’ll have a discussion about it.

"You know we’ll just say; ‘What happened to Deirdre, where is she?' You know, is there someone out there that knows something about the whole thing? It just never goes away."

Deirdre's mother Bernadette adds, "We’re as wise today as we were the day Deirdre went missing, we have absolutely nothing to go on and it’s very hard to continue."

Despite the fact that 17 years have passed, the Jacob family remain hopeful that someone with information will come forward.

Crimecall will revisit the early days of the investigation and Deirdre’s parents will make a new appeal in studio.

Det. Supt. Walter O”Sullivan from the Serious Crime review team will also be in studio to talk about the investigation.

Crimecall will also appeal for information on two raids on family homes in County Carlow.

The first took place in Rathoe, County Carlow, on December 1, 2014, around 9.30pm.

A family were at home watching TV when there was a ring on the door. When they went to answer, two armed raiders forced their way into the house demanding the keys to the car.

One was armed with a metal crowbar and the second, a shotgun. One of the men told them to get the car keys and not to call the Gardaí. The mother handed over the keys to her car, a Ford Cuga.

When she looked out the window she saw the men trying to open her husbands BMW with the keys. They abandoned both cars and fled. The parents and their 13, and 8 year old sons were in shock and phoned the Gardaí.

Two weeks later on December 14 another raid took place at Sliabh Bán, Myshall, County Carlow.

At around 8.45 pm a couple at home for the night were disturbed when the doorbell rang. The wife got up to answer and turned the outside light on.

She opened the door, two armed men on the doorstep forced their way in. One was brandishing a sawn off shotgun, the other a black metal crowbar.

They held the wife at gunpoint looking for the keys to the car. Her husband came out they pointed the double barrel side by side shot gun at him and grabbed his wife, until he got them the keys.

There were two cars in the driveway, the raiders made away with a slate coloured BMW 3 series coupe. The following month, this stolen car would be used in a cash-in-transit robbery, which will also be investigated on the show.

This month Crimecall team also examine an aggravated burglary at a family home in Clonee, Dublin 15 and the invasion of the home of a woman in her 80s by two raiders.

Finally, the safety of children's car seats will be tested as the RSA reveal that only one in five of us have correctly installed the right car seat for our children.

Crimecall, Monday 27 April, 9.35pm, RTÉ one

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