Search goes on for Portrane mum missing for 6 years

by Sylvia Pownall

The mother of a young mum, who went missing in 2013, says she hopes a TV appeal for information will offer some clues in the case.

Elizabeth Clarke from Portrane, who had a daughter aged five and a two-year-old son, was aged 25 when she was last seen, sometime in November 2013.

At the time of her disappearance, she was living with a former partner along with his father and wife at a house in Claremont Estate in Navan, Co Meath.

Earlier this week, Crimestoppers launched an appeal for information and the case featured on Monday night’s Crimecall on RTE One.

Elizabeth’s mother Noeleen told Dublin Gazette: “There’s no way she’d leave her kids. It’s the not knowing that’s the hardest part. We need to know what happened.”

Gardai have described Elizabeth’s disappearance as a “complex case”.

She was last seen in November 2013, but was not reported missing until early 2015 meaning CCTV and other avenues of investigation were lost.

Her own family have said that they had not seen her for almost a year before she disappeared and have expressed serious concern for her safety.

Noeleen, 52, from Seaview Park in Portrane, is begging for clues so the family can get some closure.

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

In 2016 gardai used cadaver dogs to search woodland in Co Meath, but nothing was found. They believe Elizabeth was murdered after a dispute with someone she knew, and buried in a shallow grave.

Elizabeth, who was 5ft 3in in height, with brown hair and brown eyes, would now be aged 30. She had shoulder length hair at the time she vanished.

Superintendent Sean Farrell of Navan Garda Station said: “I am appealing to anyone with information on the disappearance of Elizabeth to come forward.

She was last seen in the Navan area in November 2013.”

“I urge anyone with even the smallest piece of information which may seem insignificant to contact Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers at 1800 25 00 25.

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