Gardaí renew appeal as disappearance of Jo Jo Dullard upgraded to murder investigation

Kathleen Bergin, Jo Jo Dullard's sister: "You can help Jo Jo finish that journey and bring her home to us, and lay her to rest beside mam and dad."
Gardaí renew appeal as disappearance of Jo Jo Dullard upgraded to murder investigation

Josephine 'Jo Jo' Dullard went missing from the town of Moone in Kildare in 1995. She was 21-years-old at the time. Picture: RollingNews.ie

An investigation into the disappearance of Ms Josephine 'Jo Jo' Dullard 25 years ago has now been upgraded to a murder investigation, Gardaí say.

Ms Dullard went missing from the town of Moone in Kildare in 1995. She was 21-years-old at the time.

She had been working in Callan in Kilkenny and had travelled to Dublin city on the evening of November 9, 1995.

Ms Dullard missed the last bus home from Dublin that night, so she instead got on a bus to Naas. She then hitched two separate lifts before arriving in the town of Moone.

She was phoning a friend from a phonebox in Moone when she said that a car had stopped for her. She has not been seen since.

Gardaí say Ms Dullard's disappearance has been the subject of a sustained Garda investigation. 

The phonebox from where Ms Dullard placed a call on the night of November 9, 1995. Picture: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie
The phonebox from where Ms Dullard placed a call on the night of November 9, 1995. Picture: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

They say the investigation is subject to ongoing review by the Serious Crime Review Team (SCRT), National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI). 

Subject to that ongoing review, An Garda Síochána say they are satisfied that serious harm came to Ms Dullard on or about the night of November 9 1995.

Gardaí are appealing to anyone that met, saw, or has any information in relation to the murder of Josephine after 11.37pm on the night of November 9 1995 who has not yet contacted them, to come forward.

Gardaí say they are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who may have seen Ms Dullard was in Bruxelles Bar, Harry Street, near Grafton Street, in Dublin 2 on November  1995.

They say that Jo Jo Dullare was in possession of her Sanyo Stereo Cassette Player (model MGP21) on the night in question. 

They are asking the public to come forward if they ever saw or happened across a cassette player like this in and around the date of Ms Dullard's disappearance.

Finally, Gardaí are appealing to any person who was hitchhiking in the immediate area around Moone, Co Kildare at the end of October or the start of November 1995, to come forward. 

A memorial to missing woman JoJo Dullard in Moone County Kildare. Picture: RollingNews.ie
A memorial to missing woman JoJo Dullard in Moone County Kildare. Picture: RollingNews.ie

At a press conference in Newbridge, Co Kildare this morning, gardaí highlighted the fact that Jo Jo's family has been dealing with her disappearance for nearly 25 years now. 

They noted too that today would be a traumatic one for the family, now that the case has been upgraded to an active murder investigation. 

Speaking this morning, Jo Jo's sister Kathleen Bergin said she wants to bring Jo Jo home and lay her to rest:

She said: "Please find it in your heart to come forward.

"Jo Jo was on her way home that night, her journey was cut short.

"She did not deserve what happened to her that night.

You can help Jo Jo finish that journey and bring her home to us, and lay her to rest beside mam and dad.

Gardaí say that they are resolute in their determination to provide answers for Jo Jo's family and to bring her murderer to justice.

Anyone with any information, no matter how small or insignificant it may appear to be, has been asked to contact Kildare Garda Station on 045 527 730 or any Garda station.

Anyone who wishes to provide information confidentially has been urged to contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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