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Christopher Lowe
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The following is an overview of Operation Trace, it is very interesting to see how a cold case squad works. The information below comes from the garda website:

"Missing Person Annie McCarrick
Annie McCarrick, an American national has been missing from her home at
Sandymount in Dublin since Friday 26th March 1993. On that day she left her
house to go walking in Enniskerry.
There were sightings of a woman answering Annie's description on the No.44
bus which goes to Enniskerry at about 3.30 p.m. on that afternoon and later on
that evening a sighting at Johnny Foxes Pub in Glencullen.
Annie is described as 5'8" in height, 10 stone, long brown hair. She speaks with
a soft Irish-American accent.

Ciara Breen has been missing from her home of Batchelors Walk, Dundalk since the
early hours of Thursday 13 February, 1997.
Ciara is described as 5'5" in height, long dark brown hair, blue eyes. She was aged
18 years when she went missing.

Gardai at Newbridge are seeking assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Deirdre Jacob,
18 years of Roseberry, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Deirdre was last seen at 3.30pm on
Tuesday 28th July 1998 walking towards her home.
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.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gardai at Newbridge, telephone
number 045-431212 or the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1-800-666111.

Fiona has been missing from her home at Church Street, Tullamore, Co. Offaly since Friday 23rd August, 1996. At that time she was 7 months pregnant and had spent the previous day, Sunday, shopping for baby clothes with her mother in Tullamore. She was in good form and was looking forward to the birth of her baby.
Fiona is described as 5'5" in height, long blond hair.

MISSING PERSON - Fiona Sinnott
Fiona Sinnott has been missing from her home in Bridgetown, Co. Wexford since Monday 9th February, 1998.
Fiona is described as being 20 years, 5'2" in height, 7 stone, shoulder length auburn hair and brown eyes.

Josephine Dullard has been missing since 11.30 p.m. on Thursday, 9th November, 1995. At that time Jo Jo phoned her friend from a phone box in Moone, Co. Kildare. She told her friend that she was hitching a lift from Moone to her home in Callan, Co. Kilkenny.
A short time later a woman answering Jo Jo's description was seen leaning in the back door of a dark coloured Toyota Carina type car. There were further sightings of a woman similar to Jo Jo in Castledermot, Co. Kildare which is 5 miles from Moone at around midnight on the same evening - Thursday 9th November, 1995.
The driver or occupants of this Toyota Carina type car have never been traced.
Jo Jo is described as 5'4" in height, medium build, dark shoulder length hair. She was 21 years when she went missing."
Following the dissapearence of Deirdre Jacob in
1998 the Gardaí set up a cold case squad named
Operation Trace to look into these and possible
connected crimes. These were cases of three women whose bodies were found in the mountains in the past 23 years. Phyllis Murphy, 23, was found raped, strangled and partially hidden in bushes in the Wicklow Mountains in 1980 (this crime was solved in 1999 and a man named John Creerar was convicted). Eight years later, the decomposed body of Antoinette Smith, 27, was found in a boggy, shallow grave in the Dublin Mountains. She is thought to have been raped and strangled. Two miles away, in 1992, police uncovered the body of Patricia Doherty, 30, a mother of two, who vanished after going Christmas shopping. They also looked into the murder of Raoinaid Murray, 17, who was stabbed to death in Dublin as well as the murders o Maire Kilmartin and Imelda Keenan.
Using the OVID computer system the Gardaí established that commonality could be established in only the cases of:
Annie McCarrick, Jo Jo Dullard, and Deirdre Jacob.
With help from the FBI a profile was built up saying the killer was white, married, mid to late thirties. People convicted of violent sex crimes often involving murder were looked at but no evidence against them was found. Some of the Gardaí suspect double rapist Larry Murphy as he matches the description of a man seen with Annie McCarrick, and was in the area when Deirdre Jacob dissapeared and kidnapped one of his rape victims bringing her to two isolated locations.
In December 2001 TRACE closed concluding that there was no evidence of a serial killer, but all files remain open.
Is mise le meas,
Christopher Lowe

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