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Shop loyalty cards on set of keys found in reservoir were traced back to missing Elaine

SHOP loyalty cards attached to a set of keys found in Vartry reservoir were traced back to Elaine O'Hara, the trial of Graham Dwyer heard.

The jury was also told that a pair of glasses found in the water had a serial number that was "unique to" Ms O'Hara, who was missing at the time.

Garda James O'Donoghue said he was searching the water on September 16, 2013, five days after an angler had handed him several other items found there.

"I felt something perhaps an inch or two under the mud," he told the court. "It was buried under the mud. I identified these as a set of keys."

The keys had a Dunnes Stores loyalty card attached and that evening Gda O'Donoghue "made some enquiries".

He contacted Dunnes Stores, then the Garda Information Service Centre.


It was confirmed the loyalty card was registered to Elaine O'Hara, who was listed as missing at the time, and the area was sealed off as a crime scene.

Aidan Kelly, of Dunnes Stores, and Jean O'Donnell, of Applegreen, both confirmed to the jury that serial numbers on two of the store cards had been registered to Ms O'Hara at the time of her disappearance in August 2012.

Peter Curtis, of Specsavers in Dun Laoghaire, said gardai also visited him with a pair of glasses, which the court earlier heard had been retrieved from the reservoir.

He said the serial number on the frame of the glasses and the prescription on each glass made them unique to one person, Ms O'Hara, who had been a customer in the shop since 1997.