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Saturday 1 October 2016

File will be sent to DPP on suspect in Ciara Breen case

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A man who was arrested as part of the investigation into the disappearance of Ciara Breen has been released without charge.

Gardai arrested the man, who is in his 50s, in Drogheda, Co Louth.

He was questioned yesterday and last night about the dissappearance in 1997 of the Dundalk teenager, who vanished from her home at Bachelors Walk in the early hours of Thursday, February 13.

The man was released this morning and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The arrest was made after new information came to light in recent months in the case.

"This arrest was on foot of a letter sent to an investigation team in Dundalk last year," a source said.

When gardai made an appeal for information last year, two potential witnesses came forward and spoke to gardai, providing helpful information to the investigation team.

Ciara and her mother, Bernadette, had tea together in a local cafe on about 6.45pm on the February 12, 1997, and returned home where they watched television before going to bed at about 12.25am.

Bernadette went to check Ciara at 1.50am but she was not there and her bedroom window was open.

It was not the first time Ciara had slipped out, but the previous time she had returned.

When she did not come home Bernadette rang the gardai.

It is understood Ciara left the house by her bedroom window to meet up with somebody while her mother slept.

Ciara would be 35 years old now. Bernadette believes that her daughter was murdered and has appealed to anyone with information to come forward to gardai.

"I had one, just one little girl; my heart, my soul, my world, and just like that she was gone," she said.

"She was not streetwise and she paid the price, and if anything comes out of this I would like it to be for whoever has the information we need for Ciara to give it," she added.

"Please, please, don't let her lie out there on her own any more, let her come home," Bernadette begged.

Anyone who may have information in relation to Ciara's disappearance or who may have seen her on the night/morning of her disappearance to contact Dundalk Garda Station on 042-9388400 or the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111.

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