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Jastine Valdez still missing as gardai shoot suspect dead

By Robin Schiller

The suspect in the abduction of Jastine Valdez was shot dead by gardai during an operation in south Dublin last night as a major search for the missing woman continued.

A massive manhunt was carried out for the 40-year-old married father-of-two from Bray after the 24-year-old student was abducted on a roadway in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, on Saturday evening.

The large-scale investigation was carried out throughout yesterday until shortly after 8pm, when Mark Hennessy was located at a car park in Cherrywood.

It is understood that a stand-off ensued between the suspect and gardai, during which he produced a weapon, believed to be a knife. He was then shot by a detective.

Jastine had still not been located last night by investigating gardai as concerns mounted for the young woman.

Detectives believe that Hennessy abducted Ms Valdez in a random attack. He was not previously known to police and had no connections to the victim.

"This appears to be a random abduction and there were no obvious connections between him and the missing woman," a source said.

"Gardai investigating the disappearance of Ms Valdez interacted with the driver of a vehicle at approximately 8pm on May 20, 2018 in the Cherrywood area of Dublin.

"An official Garda firearm was discharged. The incident has been referred to GSOC as per protocol," a Garda spokesperson said.

Jastine and her parents, who are from the Phillippines, have been living in Ireland for the past three years.

A student at Tallaght IT, Jastine had got off a bus in Enniskerry on Saturday evening and was walking home along Kilcroney Road, near the Powerscourt estate, when a Qashqai pulled alongside. The driver assaulted her, pulled her into the vehicle and then drove off at high speed.

A woman and her young family spotted the incident as they walked home at 6.30pm and alerted the police.

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