Irish American Annie McCarrick's disappearance 20 years on, Larry Murphy still a prime suspect
Irish American's disappearance 20 years ago leaves many still hoping and wondering
This month marks twenty years since the disappearance of Irish American Annie McCarrick while she was living abroad in Dublin, Ireland. Her family as well as authorities are still at a loss regarding the mysterious disappearance.
The Irish Examiner reports on the sense of loss felt by McCarrick’s remaining family in the US, as well as the equal amount of unfinished business the initial lead on the investigation, Garda Assistant Commissioner Martin Donnellan, feels.
“Girls started to disappear in this country around that time,” Donnellan told John Murray on RTÉ radio on Wednesday.
Donnellan indicated that he believed McCarrick’s disappearance was not an isolated incident, and was probably connected to a string of murders of other young women in Leinster between 1993 and 1998.
Donnellan explained, “There was Deirdre Jacob, only 18, who disappeared in July of 1998. She had gone to the post office in Newbridge and we had CCTV footage of her there. She walked home in broad daylight, was seen in various places, and then just disappeared. It was obvious that she had been snatched off the street.”
“Then there was Jo-Jo Dullard, who went missing in 1995, also in mysterious circumstances. Added to that is the disappearance of Ciara Breen in Dundalk, Fiona Pender in Tullamore, and Fiona Sinnot in Wexford.”
Donnellan said he believed at least three of the mysterious cases were connected. “All three were on their own when they disappeared,” he said.
“There was never a trace of clothes found, which is unusual. In each case, the clothing the girls were wearing was very distinctive but we never came across a single item. They were each probably bundled into a car or van.”
Between 1992 and 1998 seven women disappeared, which, according to Donnellan, indicates that there may be one person responsible for at least some of them.
“It means that he [the culprit] must have been in jail or had left the country after that,” said Donnellan.
McCarrick, a native of Long Island in New York, was 26 years old when she disappeared. She had studied abroad in Ireland and had returned to live and work there while she researched her family’s Irish roots.
McCarrick was sharing an apartment with two Irish girls in Sandymount, Dublin when she went missing. The American girl had been looking forward to a visit from her mother Nancy who was due to arrive just a few days after her disappearance.
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