‘My heart is broken… dead or alive, I need my daughter back’

by Sylvia Pownall

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]The heartbroken family of a missing young mum who vanished without a trace over five years ago have made a fresh appeal for information.

Elizabeth Clarke was 25 when she was reported missing from her home in the Claremont estate in Navan, Co Meath in November 2013.

Now her devastated mother Noeleen Bieninda, from Seaview Park in Portrane, is begging for clues so the family can get some closure.

Noeleen, 52, told Dublin Gazette: “People don’t just go missing without trace. All I was told was she left the house, walked down the road and vanished into thin air.

“According to gardai there were no sightings of her on CCTV, they told me she just went off the grid, no trace at all, nothing showing up of her. It doesn’t make sense.”

Elizabeth, who grew up in Swords and Portrane, had a daughter aged five and a two-year-old boy and Noeleen insists there’s no way she would have left them.

She said: “Our relationship was up and down and we had lost contact. But even though I hadn’t seen her for a while she would not leave her kids behind, I know that for a fact.”

In June 2016, a search for Elizabeth involving cadaver dogs was carried out in Navan by Trace Missing Persons Ireland at her family’s request, but nothing was found.

She was described as being 5ft 3in in height, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a yellow hooded top and blue jeans.

Noeleen, who has worked at Donabate church for the past 15 years, said: “I’m sick to the stomach not knowing. It’s a nightmare. I go to bed it’s there, I get up in the morning it’s there.”

She said the search for answers has taken its toll and she now battles diabetes and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

She said: “My heart is broken… we just want her back. Alive or dead I just want closure, that is what I need, to try to get on with my life, but I can’t do that until she is found.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Navan Garda Station on 046 9036100, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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