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Saturday 3 December 2016

Missing woman was 'feeling depressed', says husband as fears grow

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Searches are continuing along coastlines today for missing 72-year-old woman Breda Delaney who was last seen at her home in Avondale Court, Blackrock, south Dublin, at 3.30am on Saturday.

The pensioner, who is married with one daughter, was reported missing to Blackrock gardai on Saturday.

Search

Last night, her husband Tom told the Herald his wife had been feeling "quite depressed lately".

"They had thought there was a CCTV sighting from a pub down the road, the Black Horse, but unfortunately it wasn't her," he said.

Breda's daughter Emer today said her mother had never gone missing before.

"She has been very anxious and distressed lately but I would never have expected this," she said.

"I'm concerned about coastal areas in Dublin, particularly between Dun Laoghaire and Killiney, as well as parks and woodlands and mountainous areas," she said, saying they would be searched today.

Breda is described as being 5ft 4in in height, of slight build, with shoulder-length blonde/grey hair and blue eyes.

When last seen she was wearing a white cardigan, a grey calf-length skirt and black shoes.

Members of RNLI Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat station were engaged in a shore search for Breda today along with a large team of locals and the Civil Defence, members from Greystones and Howth Coast Guard Units joining family, friends and neighbours in checking coastal areas.

Stretch

The Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard said the search started from 2pm on Sunday and covered a 10km stretch of coastline.

"It involved 40 to 50 volunteers from across a number of agencies, as well as family and friends and a number of people who joined in as the search progressed," a Coast Guard spokesperson said.

The search for Breda will continue today following a full assessment of the situation.

"A decision will be made later on about what resources will be required for the search," the spokesperson added.

There was a notable increase in the number of gardai in Blackrock on Sunday, with extra patrol cars combing the area as part of the search operation.

There has also been a massive online response to Breda's disappearance, with her picture and information being shared hundreds of times on social media.

Breda's family say they remain very concerned for Breda's welfare and are thankful to all the help they are receiving from the public

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