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New pictures in 16-year hunt for Imelda

The family of a woman who went missing without a trace 16 years ago, hope that a fresh reward and new images will bring about vital clues.

Imelda Keenan was 22 when she disappeared on January 3, 1994 from William Street in Waterford.

Her brother, Gerry, said that the artist's impression of what Imelda might look like now could prompt some additional pieces of information.

"Up until now, we were using the same old photo all the time and you can't use these 16 years afterwards," he said. "As far as we're concerned the photos might jog their memories."

He said that although there were several sightings of Imelda on that day, the description provided by potential witnesses varied.

Described as a typical shy country girl by her brother, Imelda, who is originally from Laois, found it hard to mix with people in the big city.

"I'd love to talk to her any of her friends in Waterford," he said.

"I'd love if they came forward just to tell us about her frame of mind in the last few days before she went missing."

Imelda's mother Elizabeth died a year and a half ago, without knowing what had happened to her daughter.

Gerry said the family has never given up hope, but that 16 years down the road it is hard to uncover new information.

The family has raised €10,000 of its own money for fresh information about Imelda.

Anyone who may have further information is being urged to call Crime Call on 1800 40 50 60.

clairemurphy@herald.ie