Gardai probe CCTV as fears grow for missing teenage girls

Ralph Riegel

THREE 16-year-old girls who have vanished in Cork had very little money with them when they disappeared.

Gardai are today studying CCTV footage in a bid to determine exactly what has happened them.

There is particular concern for Shanice Coffey, who has been missing since September 24.

The three teens went missing over the space of 18 days -- though gardai do not believe the disappearances are linked.

The Herald understands that officers suspect at least two of the girls are likely to still be in the greater Cork area.

Gardai are increasingly concerned about the welfare of Shanice Coffey, Isabel Tache and Shannon Cunningham (pictured) who disappeared between September 24 and October 12.

"Someone must have information on where these girls are and we would appeal to them to come forward so we can determine that these girls are okay," a garda source said. Gardai are also checking all known locations associated with the three girls amid indications that, when they went missing, they each had only a small quantity of cash.

Shanice was last seen at 8pm on September 24 on Patrick Street in Cork city centre, wearing blue denim shorts and a black casual top.She is described as 5ft 3in, of medium build and with blue eyes and long brown hair.

Shannon is believed to still be in the greater Cork area. She is 5ft 2in, of medium build and has distinctive green eyes, a pale complexion and wears her short brown hair in a spiked style.

Isabel Tache, who vanished on October 8 last, was wearing blue jeans, a white T-shirt a white denim jacket and black boots. She is 5ft 5in and has brown eyes and short, black hair.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Garda Confidential Line on (1800) 666111.