Dad's delight at cold case review in Deirdre probe
The father of missing Kildare woman Deirdre Jacob has said he is hopeful a cold-case review of her disappearance might bring a new avenue of investigation to the surface.
Speaking on the 16th anniversary of Deirdre's vanishing, Michael Jacob said the work of the garda serious crime review team and the national bureau of criminal investigation gives his family hope that they might finally be able to solve the mystery of where she is.
Deirdre was 18-years-old when she went missing shortly after 3pm on July 28, 1998.
She was last seen walking home on the Barrettstown Road, Roseberry, in Newbridge.
She had walked to Newbridge town from her home and called to the post office, AIB bank and her grandmother before setting off back towards home again.
Despite intensive searches and appeals there has been no trace of Deirdre.
"With the case review we are hopeful that some new line of investigation might turn up, and we are always hopeful that anyone who might have any information, even after all these years, might let gardai know about it so we can find Deirdre," Michael told the Herald.
"Nobody need fear getting into trouble if they held onto information or didn't pass it on earlier. Information can also be passed on anonymously," he explained.
"Every day is like a loop tape playing in our heads. There's not a time we go in or out our gate and wonder what happened after she went out that day," he said.
"And when we are in town we see the places where she was last spotted or seen on CCTV and wonder what happened to her," Michael added.
As to whether he believes Deirdre is alive or not, Michael said it is very difficult question to answer.
"You always have hope," he explained.
"Sometimes if I'm away anywhere, in Dublin or London or wherever, if I see someone that looks like Deirdre I give them a second and third look," he added.
It has long been suspected that Deirdre may have been the victim of rapist Larry Murphy.
In 2012, searches were carried out in a number of areas of Wicklow after he was alleged to have confessed during his time in Arbour Hill Prison in Dublin to the killing of Deirdre.
A convicted killer was reported to have told gardai about Murphy's confession which prompted fresh searches of the Wicklow countryside to no avail.
"I know that Larry Murphy's name has been mentioned in relation to the investigation, but that's a matter I have to leave to the gardai," said Michael Jacob.
He said he holds on to the memory of the last time he saw Deirdre.
"She had spent the weekend in Carrickmacross with some of her student pals, and she was filling us in on all the goings on of her time away," Michael said.
"It was just the normal chat and banter that you would hear in any household," he added.
Anyone who has information to offer should contact the Serious Crime Review Team (01-6663444), Newbridge Garda Station (045-440180) the Garda Confidential line(1800 666 111).