DETECTIVES today told of their "grave concerns" for missing Dublin executive Blathnaid Timothy.
The KPMG worker has been missing from her home for a week -- and had withdrawn cash shortly before disappearing.
A senior detective investigating the disappearance of the IT worker said he now fears she may have come to harm.
Detective Inspector Michael Cryan revealed that gardai are very worried and appealed for a taximan who may have given her a lift to come forward.
"We would have grave concerns for her safety at this stage," he said.
Blathnaid's aunt Gertie told the Herald: "Everyone is praying at this stage, I don't know what to think."
“We're just waiting. It's an awful thing to happen.
“We're imagining all sorts of things,” she said.
The young woman, who lives at Smith Hall on Camden Street and works in the IFSC, has not been seen since he got into a taxi at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin last Tuesday, December 14, at 8pm.
“The gardai are looking at more CCTV footage to see if they can get a better angle on the taxi and possibly get a registration number,” her aunt said.
“They are contacting taxi firms to see if anyone can shed any light on her movements.”
Gardai believe that Blathnaid (33) may have been kidnapped or come to serious harm.
Her bank card has not been used since the evening she went missing.
“She has been missing for a week and has no phone and no change of clothes with her,” said Det Insp Cryan.
She was last seen on CCTV at an National Irish Bank ATM on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay.
Gardai established through her bank records that she used her ATM card to withdraw €60.
After using the ATM, she immediately hailed a taxi. The taxi drove west in the direction of the city centre.
Gardai are now searching for the driver of the black Mercedes taxi which Blathnaid was seen getting into before her disappearance.
Det Insp Cryan said: “We believe it was a black Mercedes taxi. We would like to talk to that taxi driver.
“We wish to know where she was dropped off and we would like to talk to anyone who knows where she was between 10.30am and 8pm.
“From the shape of the car, we're pretty certain it's a black Mercedes.”
Blathnaid is a member of a family of four children originally from Glenamaddy, Co Galway, but living in Dublin.
The 33 year old – who has two brothers and a sister – was reported missing by her flatmate after she failed to return home or contact friends or family for a number of days.
The report was made to gardai at Harcourt Terrace garda station on Friday, December 17.
When last seen, Ms Timothy was wearing a black three-quarter length wool coat, dark, possibly grey jeans and a scarf, possibly black and red.
She is described as 5ft 6in tall with medium length dark brown hair, of thin build and with a pale complexion.
Her local parish priest in Glenamaddy, Fr Paddy Mooney has said that the entire community in her hometown is in shock.
“Everyone is upset and shocked and just praying for her safety,” he told the Herald.
“She comes from a very popular family in the area.Both her mother Teresa and her late father have worked as teachers in the locality.
“We're all just hoping she's alright.”
Her brother Brendan has started a Facebook campaign to circulate Blathnaid's photo. She also a brother Ronan and sister Aoife.