Michael Jacob father of missing teenager Deirdre Jacob says Larry Murphy is not the only suspect

Newbridge teenager Deirdre Jacob last seen at gateway of her home

Editorial: If you have any information on what happened to Deirdre Jacob, now is the time to act

Deirdre Jacob, pictured here with her pet labradors, has been missing from Newbridge since 1998

  The father of a Newbridge teenager whose disappearance is being treated as a murder investigation says that Larry Murphy is not the only suspect.

Deirdre Jacob, was last seen  at the gateway of her home at Roseberry, Newbridge, on July 28, 1998.

Regarding convicted rapist Larry Murphy being treated as a person of interest in the investigation, Mr Jacob said: “Larry Murphy happens to be one of the lines of inquiry, more information is needed, we can't move with any of the lines of inquiry, that is where the vital need for information lies.Some people may not be aware of the information that they hold. Getting further information is needed to advance it further, it is a multipronged investigation, until more information comes, that is the way it is.”

Since the missing person investigation was upgraded to a murder investigation in August, 2018, gardaí have been unable to question any suspects, including Larry Murphy, due to lack of information.

However, Mr Jacob is positive that the investigation is 'inching forward'.

Mr Jacob said: “Each area of investigation has gaps in it, and until those gaps are filled,  it is difficult to make progress.We don't know if Deirdre is dead, it would be very uncharacteristic of her not to contact us, she was very orderly in her moves, she  made them all known to us, we always knew everything about her coming and going.”

It was just an 'ordinary' day for a family when Deirdre disappeared, says Michael Jacob, a day that would become extraordinary and still reaps no answers 21 years on.

He said: “Her sister was with other friends on the day. It was a normal day in the life of a family,  what hundreds of thousands of families are doing over summer time, we were working in Kildare, a very normal day, something happened around 3pm, we have not seen or heard of anything of Deirdre since then.”

He is confident that adequate searches for Deirdre have been carried out close to where she disappeared from her family home.

Mr Jacob said: “That area was completely combed at the time, in the  weeks and months, after Deirdre's disappearance, the experience of gardaí will tell them.I have no hesitation in saying that the area where Deirdre went missing was thoroughly checked,  it is recognised by the review team that it was one of the most thorough searches.”

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.

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