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Missing Sonia 'is safe' claims Facebook friend

GARDAI are still searching for missing Dublin woman Sonia Dowling -- amid reports that she has been seen in Holland.

The claims that she had been spotted on the continent were made on a Facebook site created to help track down the missing 24-year-old.

A contributor wrote: "I have just gotten word that Sonia has been found and is safe. I do not know the details of the circumstances and to be honest it doesn't matter. She is safe.

"Please do not post asking questions as I know no more than this. Thank you to all who joined and for spreading the word."

After this message was posted many visitors to the page claimed they had received messages that Sonia has been seen alive and well in Holland.

But gardai are continuing to investigate Sonia's disappearance and told the Herald that the online claims were "unconfirmed reports".

A garda spokesperson said: "We have not received any information that Sonia has been found. As far as we are concerned we are still treating this as a missing person's case".

Many members of the page purporting to be close relatives of Sonia said her family had not been told she was discovered in Holland and urged people to continue the search.

Sonia has been missing from her home in Clondalkin since June 26.

The Facebook page was set up on Tuesday and now has 6,000 members.

The page contains a number of photos of Sonia who is said to be a very talented singer.

One of the photos shows a distinctive tattoo along the length of her right forearm.

The quote is from the book The Prophet by the Lebanese- American poet Khalil Gibran.

It says: "The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain."

Sonia is described as being 5'6", of slight build, with black hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Clondalkin Garda Station 6667600, or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

Organisers of the Facebook page are appealing to all who visit the page to spread the word about Sonia's disappearance.

"Please invite everyone on your friends list, regardless of them knowing Sonia or not," it says.