Tuesday 21 May 2019

Search resumes for young mother missing after hen night

  • Fears growing for safety of Ruth Maguire (30)
  • The mum-of-three posted a photo to Instagram around midnight
  • Doorman heard her say she might make her way home to Newcastle
  • Her partner drove to Newcastle but she was not there
Ruth Maguire (pictured) was one of 32 women on a hen party in Carlingford in Co Louth last night. Ruth's friends are making an appeal for information after the mum of three did not arrive back to the house that they were staying in. Picture Ciara Wilkinson
Ruth Maguire (pictured) was one of 32 women on a hen party in Carlingford in Co Louth last night. Ruth's friends are making an appeal for information after the mum of three did not arrive back to the house that they were staying in. Picture Ciara Wilkinson

Elaine Keogh

Gardai in Carlingford, county Louth say that a search is continuing of the harbour as they continue to look for a missing mother of three.

Ruth Maguire (30), from Newcastle, Co Down,  was last seen close to midnight on Saturday night/Sunday morning in the county Louth village.

She was part of a group of 32 women on a hen.

Searches are continuing on land and in the water for her.

Search resumes in Carlingford for Ruth Maguire who went missing after a hen party PIC: Carlingford Lough Facebook
Search resumes in Carlingford for Ruth Maguire who went missing after a hen party PIC: Carlingford Lough Facebook

A Garda spokesperson said: “We cannot confirm that she went into the water but it looks the most likely route.”

It is understood that CCTV shows her walking towards there and she is not seen coming back.

Gardai are keeping an open mind and say they are examining all options including the possibility that she took a lift.

A bouncer said he overheard her talking about making her way home after the group began to leave a pub in Carlingford at about 11.30 on Saturday night.

An Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter, the Greenore Coast Guard, the Belfast Coastguard and Kilkeel Lifeboat joined in the search when it emerged that Ms Maguire posted a photograph on social media with Carlingford Lough close by.

Her friend Katrina O'Hare said the group was on a hen party and was staying in a rented house in Carlingford.

She said the group left Taaffe's bar in the village at around 11.30pm on Saturday night and was "all headed home to the house we are staying in", a walk of around five minutes.

However, within minutes they realised that Ms Maguire was not with them and Ms O'Hare said "this is totally out of character" for her.

Search resumes in Carlingford for Ruth Maguire who went missing after a hen party. PIC: Carlingford Lough Facebook
Search resumes in Carlingford for Ruth Maguire who went missing after a hen party. PIC: Carlingford Lough Facebook

The group, the majority of whom are from Belfast, began searching for her straight away but could not find her.

A doorman heard her say she might make her way home to Newcastle, but her partner and children had gone to Belfast for the night. Her partner drove to Newcastle from Belfast yesterday morning but she was not there.

Last night, it emerged Ms Maguire took a photograph and posted it to Instagram at around midnight on Saturday.

However, her phone appeared to be turned off yesterday. Her coat was found in the bar she was last in with her friends. Ms Maguire is described as being tall and slim with blonde hair.

When last seen she was wearing a black t-shirt saying 'Member of Irish Bride drinking team' and black jeans.

The hen party arrived in Carlingford on Saturday and was due to leave today.

Ms O'Hare said the disappearance of her friend "is awful, just awful".

She appealed to Ms Maguire to make contact with her friends straight away or for anyone who knows her whereabouts to contact gardaí in Carlingford on 042-9373102.

Friend Colette Delaney wrote on Facebook that Ms Maguire “had no coat and it was freezing”.

She said she was “worried sick”.

“Please God help her be found safe,” she added.

The Garda Under Water unit has been requested and is expected later.

Local Cllr Antoin Watters said, "the response from the community here offering to search or assist in whatever way they can, has been overwhelming.  We all hope she is found safe and well.”

Irish Independent

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