Family of missing Deirdre Jacob still wait for phonecall

Deirdre Jacob

A completed fresh report of an investigation into the disappearance 18 years ago of trainee school teacher Deirdre Jacob has not advanced a garda inquiry into the unsolved case.

The teenager vanished without trace after last being seen at about 3pm outside the gate of her family home at Roseberry, Newbridge, on July 28, 1998.

Kildare-based Garda Supt Martin Walker said investigators remain at a loss: “Nothing new is jumping out at us.”

However, he said the force in Kildare would start implementing recommendations following the completion of an investigation by the Serious Crimes Unit. Gardaí in Kildare had also carried out a new inquiry last summer.

Supt Walker did not reveal the nature of the recommendations put forward.

He also confirmed no new review by the Serious Crimes Unit has, as yet, been carried out regarding Jo Jo Dullard who disappeared in Co Kildare on November 9, 1995.

Meanwhile, the Jacob family said not a day passes without thoughts about their daughter, who was 18.

Michael Jacob says he and his wife refuse to speculate about the disappearance of their daughter. Picture: Gareth Chaney
Michael Jacob says he and his wife refuse to speculate about the disappearance of their daughter. Picture: Gareth Chaney

Her father, Michael Jacob, said: “Every day we have memories and thoughts. We are all the time waiting for a phone call, we are convinced someone, somewhere has information.”

Her disappearance is a mystery and Mr Jacob and wife Bernadette refuse to speculate about her disappearance.

They recalled how, early in the investigation, a hoax caller sent the investigation on the wrong path, leading gardaí to believe Deirdre was in Co Monaghan.

There had also been unconfirmed reports a woman, matching Deirdre’s description, had been seen at a coffee shop on two consecutive days in Tara St in Dublin City just a few days after her disappearance was reported.

Mr Jacob said: “It was not common for Deirdre to go into Dublin and she would have always been with people if she did go in. She was very much a people person.”

He said Deirdre, who had been teacher training in the UK, had been very close to her family and always told them of her plans.

Deirdre was 5ft2in, of slim build, green eyes, and black/brown hair.

She was at home doe the summer for a break from her studies. On the day she went missing, she had put down a deposit for a house she planned to rent with friends.

She left her home at about noon and walked into Newbridge to visit her grandmother. She went to a branch of AIB and the Post Office before returning to her grandmother before a 25-minute walk home.

She was last seen at the gateway to her home.

Pleading with anyone who may have heard or seen anything, no-matter how small, to come forward, Mr Jacob added: “This is a very good time to come forward.”


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