Newbridge man says he could not have anticipated that he would still be pleading for information on what happened to his daughter 20 years on

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Newbridge man says he could not have anticipated that  he would still be pleading for information on what happened to his daughter  20 years on
By Louise McCarthy 20:00 Wednesday 18th of July 2018

The father of missing Newbridge woman Deirdre Jacob says he never thought he would still be pleading for information  20 years on.

Deirdre Jacob, was 18- years-old, when last seen at the gateway to her house at Newbridge, at about 3.30pm, on Tuesday, July 28, 1998.

Her father, Michael and mother Bernadette, are renewing appeals for any information.

Mr Jacob said: “We are confident that there is information out there that can make a big difference. We never expected that it would run this long without any further information on what happened to Deirdre.”

He said: “We don’t have to wait for a birthday or anniversary. Everyday there is a reminder of Deirdre, every morning, noon and night, we think of her, time does not change anything."

20 years on, a lot of time has passed, and the Jacobs think about what could have been.

Mr Jacob said:”She would be 38 now. There have been so many family events over the years. I see the vacant seat, it can be very difficult.”

He extended gratitude to the Gardaí for their extensive investigations.

Deirdre had just completed one year teacher training in 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 the 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 25 minutes to walk to her house from Newbridge. She was last seen at approximately 3.30pm at the gateway to her house, there have been no sightings of her since this.

Her disappearance is a mystery and the Jacobs refuse to speculate about her disappearance.

They recalled how, early in the investigation, a hoax caller sent the investigation on the wrong path, leading Gardaí to believe Deirdre was in Co Monaghan.

There had also been unconfirmed reports a woman, matching Deirdre’s description, had been seen at a coffee shop on two consecutive days in Tara St in Dublin City just a few days after her disappearance was reported.

Mr Jacob said: “It was not common for Deirdre to go into Dublin and she would have always been with people if she did go in. She was very much a people person.”

He said Deirdre, had been very close to her family and always told them of her plans.

She is described as being 5’2" in height, slim build, black/brown hair (short style), grey/green eyes and when last seen she was wearing a navy NIKE jumper with white collar, blue jeans and blue NIKE runners. She also had a very distinctive shoulder bag with the logo "CAT" on it.

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