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PSNI believe Saoirse Smyth is dead as gardai search house

By Mark Bain

Garda forensic experts were continuing to search a house in Omeath yesterday as the PSNI continued a murder investigation following the disappearance of west Belfast woman Saoirse Smyth.

The 28-year-old was last seen in Belfast on April 11 last year and detectives believe that she then returned to the town of Omeath, Co Louth where she had been living.

They say they have evidence that leads them to conclude she has been murdered.

A 40-year-old man was arrested in Newry on Thursday evening on suspicion of murder and was later released on bail.

A 47-year-old woman was arrested and released pending further investigation in June.

Detective Inspector Paul Rowland said: "I'm now appealing for information about the circumstances leading to Saoirse's disappearance.

Her family deserve to know what has happened to her. She was a daughter, a sister and a granddaughter.

"I am in close contact with her family, who have understandably been left devastated.

"Trained family police liaison officers are supporting them through this very difficult time."

The PSNI has appealed for anyone with information about Saoirse's disappearance to contact detectives at Ladas Drive on 101 or via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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