Thursday 18 January 2018

Missing woman (72) was 'very anxious and distressed', says daughter

Breda Delaney
Breda Delaney

Katie Morris

The daughter of a woman who has been missing since early Saturday morning said her mother had been ‘very anxious and distressed' before she went missing.

Breda Delaney (72)  was last seen at her home in Avondale Court, Blackrock, south Dublin, at 3.30am on Saturday. The pensioner, who is married with one daughter, was reported missing to gardaí on Saturday.

Mrs Delaney is described as being 5ft 4ins, of slight build, with shoulder-length blonde and grey hair and blue eyes. When last seen, she was wearing a white cardigan or anorak, a grey calf-length skirt and black shoes. Her daughter described her mother as 'fairly mobile'.

Mrs Delaney’s daughter Eimear said that the search was focusing on coastal and mountainous areas.

“I’m still particularly concerned about coastal areas in Dublin, particularly between Dun Laoghaire and Killiney, that kind of area. And also any parks and woodlands, particularly any mountainous areas, we’re checking those as well,” she told RTE's Today with Sean O'Rourke programme.

“She has been be very anxious and distressed lately so in that context… but I would never have expected this.”

“People are being absolutely wonderful," she added. 

A major search operation was launched following Mrs Delaney's disappearance and included members of the Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard, life guards and the Civil Defence.

Searches were continuing along coastlines last night.

Earlier, her husband Tom said his wife had been feeling "quite depressed lately".

Anyone with information on Ms. Delaney’s whereabouts is urged to contact Gardaí immediately. 

Irish Independent

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