Family clings to hope over missing sister
THE sister of missing Dublin woman Monica Riordan has said that her disappearance has left the family devastated.
Bernadette Richardson said her family and Monica’s colleagues have been frantically searching around the city centre areas of Pearse Street, Grand Canal, and Holles Street.
She said: “It came so out of the blue, so unexpected. It’s completely out of character for Monica. She never stayed out on a night before for no reason.
“I just hope that she’s still alive. I can’t even begin to think where she might be. I hope she comes home.
“Dad is so upset, we’re all extremely upset and as soon as you wake up in the mornings you realise that she’s still not here.”
Bernadette lives in England and immediately flew home to help search for her youngest sister, who had been excited about Christmas.
There has been one confirmed sighting in the city centre of the 39-year-old, who hails from Finglas, on the day she went missing (December 20) at around 5pm.
Bernadette said: “I was delighted to hear that there was a confirmed sighting, but at the same time I’d love to hear that someone saw her on the day after she went missing or the next day after that.
“The last email I had from her was the previous Thursday when she said that she’d been out shopping, written her Christmas cards and was looking forward to her company party. There was no lead-up to her disappearing at all.”
Her other sister, Sheila Reynolds, added: “We’re wondering did she have maybe a complete meltdown or something. How confused was she, what was going on in her head?
“We have no idea it’s a complete mystery. We know nothing, absolutely nothing.
“That’s why it’s a shock to all of us. We’re very, very upset. It’s a complete mystery it’s like she vanished into thin air.”
Monica’s colleagues from Pobal are also putting up posters and handing out flyers, along with Monica’s family.
Sheila said: “We’ve all been walking around her general workplace area. We know it’s futile but we’ve been doing it anyway. We’re still hoping.”