The detective leading the search for missing Dundalk teenager Ciara Breen said Garda efforts will be ‘re-evaluated’ later this week, despite new information coming to light.
Members of the 27th Battalion of the Defence Forces, stationed at Aiken Barracks, have been assisting in the search of the 16-acre site since last Wednesday. Detective Inspector Pat Marry, said ‘a good bit of ground’ has been covered by the soldiers, 61 of whom were drafted in to help ‘in the parts that were proving difficult’.
DI Marry said: ‘We wouldn’t have the manpower or the expertise to search that part of the site, so they came and helped us and it is hugely appreciated.’
He also revealed that new information had come to light in relation to Ciara’s disappearance some 18 years ago.
“New information has come to light that will assist with the investigation. As late as last Sunday somebody came forward with this. I would appeal to anyone out there who knows anything to put their trust in me and come and talk to me.
“They may think what they know is insignificant whereas in actual fact when added to what we already know it could be absolutely vital, so again I would appeal to them to come and see me with anything.
“There are still people in Dundalk who have information that we need and I would say to them that it is still not to late to come forward.
“I will listen to them, speak to them and I guarantee if they put their trust in me I will not let them down.
“Like everyone else I am on tenterhooks waiting for that one call that has yet to come that could solve this once and for all.”
The search was halted for a short time on Friday when the bomb disposal team had to be called in to carry out a controlled explosion on old bomb component parts uncovered by their searching colleagues. It is understood that ‘an IRA hideout from the 1980s era’ was discovered.
The soldiers will continue their work at Balmer’s Bog. DI Marry confirmed:
“I would say the investigation is not over, it’s not over by far, the search is only one aspect of the enquiry and even if we don’t find her at this stage it doesn’t mean we won’t be going back to it.”
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