Gardai seek help in Killakee inquiry

by Staff Reporter

ANYONE who may have information into the disappearance of a woman, whose remains were found in Rathfarnham this week, have been asked to contact Blackrock Garda Station.

The investigation into the discovery of the remains of Killiney native, Elaine O’Hara found at Killakee Mountain, Rathfarnham on September 13 took a new turn this week when a bag found earlier at nearby Vartry reservoir in Roundwood, Wicklow, was believed to contain some of the woman’s belongings.

The Garda Water Unit drained the reservoir and removed items which have been verified via DNA to be those of Elaine O’Hara. A number of items including a haversack and items of clothing were contained in the bag.  These will now be forensically analysed to establish whether or not they are evidence in the case.

These revelations suggest Elaine may have been abducted and murdered.

Elaine, who disappeared from Stepaside on August 22, 2012 was officially named after her skeletal remains were found by a woman walking her dog at Killakee Mountain near Rathfarnham last week.

Elaine O’Hara was last sighted in Shankill on August 22 and two days later her Fiat Punto was found at Shanganagh cemetery in Shankill where it is believed she was visiting her mother’s grave.

The area was sealed off and the Deputy State pathologist, Dr Michael Curtis was called in.

Deputy Mary Mitchell O’ Connor extended her deepest sympathy to the family of Elaine O’Hara and said: “The Garda investigation has now moved from a missing person’s investigation to a new phase, and I’m hoping there will be a successful conclusion to their investigation.  My thoughts are with the O’Hara family at this tragic time.”

Senator Ivana Bacik (Lab) said: “It’s a tragedy for her family and it will make local women nervous but I don’t think there is any undue cause for a general concern.  There is nothing to suggest that there is an opportunistic person lurking in the neighbourhood yet and there may not be.”

Anyone who may have any information is asked to contact Blackrock Garda Station on 01 6665200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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