Belfast Telegraph

Search for missing woman continues after suspect dies in police shooting

Jastine Valdez has been missing from Enniskerry since Saturday night after reports she was bundled into a car near her home.

Jastine Valdez, 24, from Enniskerry (Garda Press Office/PA)
Jastine Valdez, 24, from Enniskerry (Garda Press Office/PA)

Detectives are continuing to search for a woman feared abducted in Ireland after police shot dead a suspect in her disappearance.

Jastine Valdez, 24, from Enniskerry in Co Wicklow, was last seen being bundled into a Nissan Qashqai SUV near her home on Saturday evening.

The suspect was shot dead by an officer in a confrontation on Sunday evening after gardai traced the vehicle to the Cherrywood business district south of Dublin.

Emergency services next to a Nissan Qashqai at a business park in the Cherrywood area of Dublin (Peter Varga/PA)

The R760 road on the outskirts of Enniskerry remained cordoned off by gardai on Monday afternoon as residents spoke of their shock at Ms Valdez’s disappearance.

Bernard Cawley, 57, from Executive Dry Cleaners, said she had been a regular customer.

“She’s very, very friendly, always smiling and laughing,” he said.

“She’s a lovely girl and always brings a smile to your face.

“Everyone is absolutely in shock and devastated by what’s happened.

“The main thing for everyone in the village now is to hope she is found safe and well.”

Gardai on the R760 in Enniskerry, County Wicklow, where they are investigating the suspected abduction of Jastine Valdez (Eleanor Barlow/PA)

Sandra Archer, who runs a clothes shop in the village, said: “This area is so quiet normally, people leave their doors unlocked because there is no crime.

“I’m just shocked.”

The man who was killed has been named locally as 40 year-old Mark Hennessy, from Bray, in Co Wicklow.

Ireland’s police watchdog, the Garda Siochana Ombudsman’s Commission, is investigating the shooting.

No trace of Ms Valdez, an accountancy student originally from the Philippines, has been found.

Gardai have said they are extremely concerned for her safety.

She was walking home along the Kilcrony road in Enniskerry at around 6.15pm on Saturday when she was attacked and abducted.

Gardai renewed their appeal for information on Monday morning.

Ms Valdez is described is being around 5ft and of slight build, with long black hair and brown eyes.

When last seen she was wearing a dark-coloured jacket, white T-shirt, grey leggings and running shoes.

A Garda spokeswoman said: “Gardai are particularly appealing for information on, or sightings and movement of, a black Nissan Qashqai registration 171 D 20419 between 5pm on the Saturday the 19th May and 8pm on Sunday May 20th.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact Bray Garda Station 01-6665300 the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.”



From Belfast Telegraph