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Saoirse Smyth, who was last seen in April 2017 inthe Belfast area (PSNI/PA)

Saoirse Smyth, who was last seen in April 2017 inthe Belfast area (PSNI/PA)

Saoirse Smyth, who was last seen in April 2017 inthe Belfast area (PSNI/PA)

Police have renewed their appeal for information in relation to the disappearance of west Belfast woman Saoirse Smyth.

The 28-year-old was last seen in Belfast on April 11 2017 and detectives believe that she then returned to the town of Omeath, Co Louth where she had been living.

Detective Chief Inspector Geoffrey Boyce said that while police were "keeping an open mind" and pursuing a number of lines of enquiry, they believe that Saoirse may have been murdered.

Police carried out enquiries in Newry on Tuesday, placing posters in significant retail areas in a bid to reach anyone who may have any information about Saoirse's disappearance.

Saoirse has now been missing for 575 days and Detective Chief Inspector Boyce said that her family had "been left devastated by her disappearance".

“To this day Saoirse has not had any contact with her friends or family since the day she disappeared, including on birthdays and Christmases. This is very unusual for Saoirse and while we are keeping an open mind, we believe that she may have been murdered," he said.

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“Detectives will be carrying out enquires in Newry today, Tuesday 6 November. We believe that someone in the local area may have information about Saoirse’s disappearance. Saoirse often commuted from Belfast to Omeath through Newry and used a number of local taxi companies."

Detective Chief Inspector Boyce said that a cross-border investigation was under-way in Saoirse's disapperance.

“We will not give up investigating what happened to Saoirse and we are working closely with our colleagues in An Garda Siochana. I am appealing for anyone who has any information about Saoirse’s disappearance to come forward. Saoirse was a daughter, sister and granddaughter and her family deserve to know what has happened to her," he said.

"Anyone with information about her disappearance should contact detectives at the incident room Ladas Drive on 101 or +4428 9070 0355 if you are calling from RoI. Alternatively information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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