Concerns for missing woman (43) with Down Syndrome
The family of a Dublin woman with Down Syndrome who has been missing from her home since Friday are now seriously concerned for her welfare.
Karen Scott (43) left her home on Barnamore Grove at approximately 3.30pm on Friday.
However, CCTV footage recorded at a shop near Berkeley Road in Dublin 7 shows she visited there later that evening.
There are also unconfirmed reports that she may have visited the nearby Delahunty's pub and the Mater Hospital.
In the CCTV footage, Karen appears to be pulling a small suitcase with a handle and wheels behind her. Her mother, Kathleen, said her family were worried about her.
"Karen is very independent and knows her bus routes and everything and she has gone out before on her own but she has always come back that night. This time it is different," Kathleen said.
"We are very concerned for her. There have been no sightings since Friday.
"I had been up in Finglas village with her doing some shopping earlier and when we got home she said she was going upstairs for a lie down. I dozed off on the couch myself for a while and when I woke up she was gone."
Yesterday, a group of friends and neighbours organised a leaflet drop in the area and searches are also taking place in the city centre near where Karen was last seen.
Gardai in Finglas have renewed their appeal to the public for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Karen.
She is described as being approximately 5'4'' tall and of medium build with blue eyes and short blonde hair.
When last seen, she was wearing white runners, a peach-coloured hooded top and black jeans.
Anyone who has seen Karen or who can assist in locating her is asked to contact Finglas Garda Station on 01 6667500 or any garda station.