THE distraught family of Blathnaid Timothy are hoping a photograph of a scarf will help solve the mystery of her disappearance.
The scarf is similar to the one Blathnaid is believed to have been wearing as a headscarf on the night she was last seen.
It is now more than three weeks since the 33-year-old business consultant vanished. She has not been seen since a taxi driver dropped her at Harbour Road in Howth in north Dublin at around 8.30pm on December 14 last.
Blathnaid's brother Ronan Timothy said last night that they are hoping it will help them find out what happened to her.
"You have to be pragmatic, we'd like to hope that there's some sort of a miracle out there but as time goes on the chances are less and less so really what we are trying to do is get some closure on this whole affair."
Mr Timothy believes someone in Howth must have seen his sister. "There were people around that night. While we appreciate that it's quite a while ago at this stage we are hoping that the scarf might jog someone's memory of having seen Blathnaid in the vicinity."
The 'Dogtooth' scarf was bought from high street retailer Warehouse and was slightly frayed from wear and tear.
"It's probably the most distinctive piece of clothing that she had on, it's something that would stand out in someone's memory as opposed to the coat," Mr Timothy said.
"We are hopeful some more information might come out, up to this point there's been a surge of goodwill and we have had breakthroughs like finding the taxi man who dropped her off. Now we are hoping that someone will come forward with another piece of the jigsaw," he added.
Gardai are appealing to anyone who was in the Howth Village/Harbour Road/Howth Pier area from 8.30pm on December 14 and may have seen Blathnaid or any lone female.
The night was a busy one. From 8pm the emergency services were dealing with an incident on the West Pier and the Howth Yacht Club AGM was also being held
Said Mr Timothy: "Not knowing is just so hard, you are not moving forward, you are just stuck in the one position and that's why if anybody out there can remember seeing Blathnaid, please come forward."
Any information from the public, please, to Gardai at Harcourt Terrace on 01 6669500, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.