Forensic experts and gardaí from Wexford town have begun a search of two locations in the Mulrankin area, just one mile from her family home in Bridgetown, Wexford.
This follows a visit by Dublin-based clairvoyant to the area a fortnight ago, when he met with investigating gardaí and members of the Sinnott family.
Officers began their search of a laneway at 9am on Tuesday, one of two areas in the locality that will be searched over the coming days. It’s believed the initial search surrounds efforts to locate clothing worn by Fiona when she went missing eight years ago.
Supt John Roche confirmed yesterday that the search is ongoing.
“While we are not being specific as to the nature of the search, we are looking for clothing that may have been worn by Fiona on the night of her disappearance.
“Some new information came to light recently. We evaluated the information, and having carried out an inspection of the locations we decided to undertake a search.”
Fiona’s uncle, Johnny Sinnott, yesterday revealed a clairvoyant from Dublin had got in touch with the family a few weeks ago.
“He had read about Fiona’s disappearance, saw her picture in the papers. He came to the family to try and help.
“He mentioned St David, we went to the Mulrankin area. We went to the laneway running behind the Catholic Church which is St David’s Church. I did not even know of this laneway. He also mentioned a church with an automatic bell, which St David’s Church has.”
Mr Sinnott explained how the clairvoyant had said a blood-spattered piece of clothing worn by Fiona should be in the ditch in the laneway.
“We then went to a second location, the laneway running beside the old national school where he pinpointed a section of ground near a septic tank where the body of Fiona may be buried. It’s close to an entrance some 300 metres up the laneway” he said.
“I have great hope this time. He told us of so many things that all fitted into Fiona’s disappearance.”
In February 1998, Fiona disappeared after leaving a local pub to return to her home in Ballycushlane, Broadway, Co Wexford, with her former boyfriend Sean Carroll, whom she had recently split from. Mr Carroll is the father of her child, Emma, who was 11 months old when Fiona vanished.
Last September, gardaí questioned Mr Carroll for 12 hours in connection with her disappearance. Two women and a man were also questioned about the disappearance but were released without charge.
Since last year, gardaí have treated the case as a murder investigation. This is the second search for Fiona in the space of seven months.