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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Hundreds join vigil to remember grandmother Anne Shortall found dead in shed

HUNDREDS of people gathered in Wicklow Town at the place where grandmother Anne Shortall was last seen alive to "guide Anne home".

Anne Shortall (47) went missing last Friday. Her body was found on Tuesday in a shed a few miles outside the town at Killoughter.

There was a candle-lit vigil last night in her memory. A Chinese lantern and five red balloons were released into the air as a sign of loss.

Fr Donal Roche led a memorial service and thanked the large crowd for "their support in the wake of the terrible tragedy".

Earlier, Ms Shortall's brother-in-law Jon McCabe thanked those involved in the search for her.

"On behalf of the family, I would like to thank everyone from the community and the gardai. We would also like to thank the Civil Defence volunteers, neighbours and friends," said Mr McCabe, who had led the search effort for Ms Shortall.

A 38-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday by gardai investigating Ms Shortall's death.

The local tradesman was questioned in Wicklow Garda Station.

He was due to appear before Bray District Court this morning in connection with the murder of Anne Shorthall.

A post-mortem was carried out on her remains yesterday. The results have been withheld for operational reasons.

Ms Shortall, who was separated, is believed to have died from blunt force trauma to the head.

seized

Gardai sealed off a second crime scene in the Murrough area of Wicklow Town and seized a van as part of their investigation.

Ms Shortall was reported missing on Saturday, and a public appeal was issued by gardai as to her whereabouts.

Numerous searches involving local volunteers took place until yesterday afternoon.

Ms Shortall had been spotted on CCTV in the Leitrim Place area of Wicklow Town where she got into a van last Friday.

Gardai used 13 CCTV cameras in the locality to piece together more information about how she is likely to have died.

Ms Shortall had three young grandchildren and lived a quiet life in an apartment with her teenage daughter, Alanna, in Wicklow Town.

She had two other adult children, Emma and David.

David was in Spain when he heard the news and struggled to make his way home.

Rathnew councillor John Snell wrote on his Facebook page: "Once in a blue moon something so needless and devastating will stop people in their tracks.

"Unfortunately, that occasion is here now.

"The community of Rathnew has lost one of our own, Anne Doyle Shortall RIP."

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