The search for Anne Corcoran is the largest to have taken place in the Cork region since Midleton schoolboy Robert Holohan went missing four years ago.
Gardaí confirmed yesterday they’d found a shoe a few hundred yards from Ms Corcoran’s isolated farmhouse, near the village of Kilbrittain.
However, while the shoe was the type which would be worn by an older woman, gardaí haven’t been able to establish if it belongs to the widow who lived alone.
Around 50 volunteers arrived at Kilbrittain community hall yesterday morning to help gardaí with their search. Their numbers were swelled by 70 in the afternoon.
Four specialist Garda dog units from Dublin and one from Cork City were also working in the area.
Members of the Kerry Garda search team also joined local gardaí as they searched a wide area west of a corridor between Bandon and Kilbrittain.
Inspector Brendan Fogarty said marsh, scrubland and forestry were covered during the search which ended at dusk.
The last positive sighting of Anne Corcoran was at Garretstown on the evening of Sunday, January 18 when she spoke to a friend. But another friend got a phone call from her the following days and she seemed to be in good form.
Gardaí are hoping that forensic experts examining Ms Corcoran’s green Peugeot 206 will be able to shed light on why she disappeared. It is expected the results of their examination will be known in the next few days.
Gardaí have renewed their appeals for information about the movements of this car prior to it being discovered abandoned at Old Chapel, on the outskirts of Bandon, on Wednesday, January 28.
They know it was parked a mile away at Bandon Bridge national school from January 20 to January 24.
Inspector Fogarty said gardaí wanted to speak to anybody who had seen the car or, more importantly, anybody who was in it, either outside the school or at Old Chapel.
Registration number is 01-C-4479.
Anybody with information is asked to contact Bandon Garda station at (023) 452200.