Body of Jastine Valdez returning to Philippines today

The remains of murder victim Jastine Valdez are being returned to her native Philippines today.

Accompanied by her parents Danilo and Tess, the student's remains are being flown out from Dublin Airport to Manila this afternoon.

Jastine Valdez

The 24-year-old is to be buried in her home town of Aritao.

Mark Congdon, the honorary consul for the Philippines in Ireland, is to travel with the family.

40-year-old Mark Hennessy is believed to have abducted and killed the student in an apparently random attack.

He was shot dead by Gardaí and his funeral took place over the weekend.

Mark Hennessy

Last night, Gardaí issued a new appeal for help, saying they are anxious to speak to any passengers who travelled with Jastine on the 185c bus on the evening of May 19.

They also issued more details about her missing blue shoulder bag.

They say the contents of the Next branded bag included a Bershka jacket, Nike runners, purple reading glasses and an iPad mini.

Gardai want to find out if the iPad contains any evidence that may shed light on the murder.

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