A Co Kildare man is now hopeful that more information will be revealed on what happened to his daughter, last seen 20 years ago, due to the current digitalisation of CCTV footage in the UK.
Images of Deirdre Jacob, seen walking along the Main St of Newbridge, on Tuesday, July 28, 1998, are now being worked on in the United Kingdom.
The teenager, and former student at the Holy Family School, who was born in 1979, had just completed her first year of teacher training at St Mary’s College, Strawberry Hill, London. On Tuesday 28 July 1998, she left her home at about noon and walked into Newbridge to visit her grandmother. At about 2.10pm, she went to AIB Bank in Newbridge and then to the Post Office and returned back to her grandmother before setting out on the walk back home. It takes about 25minutes to walk to her house from Newbridge. She was last seen at approximately 3.30pm at the gateway to her house. She did not make it to the doorway of her house and there have been no sightings of her since this.
Speaking to KildareNow, her father, Michael Jacob, said: “Digitalising images makes it possible to hopefully identify people in the background. This is about building a clearer picture of what was happening on the Main St of Newbridge.”
Mr Jacob added that the digitalisation of the CCTV footage may make it possible to show the traffic that was moving on the day. Although the CCTV footage has been enhanced in the past, this is the first time that digitalisation will happen on these images.
He said that it is important that an ‘open mind’ is kept on the investigation.
Mr Jacob: "Every bit of information is making a difference.”
He said Deirdre, had been very close to her family and always told them of her plans.
Deirdre was 5ft2in, of slim build, green eyes, and black/brown hair.
Last August at the launch of the murder investigation in Naas Garda Station, Chief Superintendent Brian Sutton said:"As a result of this review and new information that has been received, An Garda Síochána have re-classified the disappearance of Deirdre Jacob from a missing person investigation to a murder investigation."
Meanwhile, Prime Time will feature a report on the disappearance of Deirdre Jacob this Thursday night on RTE 1.
The family of Deirdre Jacob, including her father Michael, mother Bernadette and sister Ciara are interviewed. Schoolfriends of Deirdre Jacob from Newbridge will speak on Prime Time.
A number of Senior investigating Gardaí are interviewed along with a staff member at St Mary's College, London, where Deirdre was training to become a teacher.
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