Jastine Valdez latest: Gardaí make further appeal to public after discovery of body

Jastine Valdez latest: Gardaí make further appeal to public after discovery of body

GARDAI have appealed to anyone who was in the area of three separate locations at the weekend to come forward in relation to the disappearance of Jastine Valdez.

A body was found on Monday afternoon in the search for Jastine, 24, who was abducted from Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow on Saturday.

Formal identification of the remains is yet to take place.

Detectives now want to hear from anyone who was near Pucks Castle Lane, Murphy's Lane or Carrickgollogan Forest Recreation Area in south Co. Dublin between Saturday evening and Sunday night.

In a statement issued tonight, a Garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí in Bray investigating the disappearance of 24-year-old Jastine Valdez would like to make a further appeal to the public.

A body was found in rural Co. Dublin in the search for Jastine Valdez on Monday afternoon

"They would like to appeal for anyone who was in the vicinity of Pucks Castle Lane, Murphy’s Lane or using Carrickgollogan Forest Recreation Area, or anyone who was in the vicinity of the Lead Mines in Kiltiernan from Saturday 19/5/18 at 6pm to Sunday 20/5/18 at 8pm who may have seen anything suspicious and in particular a Black Nissan Qashqai 171 D 20419.

"They are also seeking assistance from hillwalkers or cyclists or anyone who may have driven through these locations and may be in possession of a dashcam that was operating during this timeframe to contact Bray Garda Station 01-6665300 the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station."

Meanwhile, the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has launched an investigation into the shooting death on Sunday night of Ms Valdez's suspected kidnapper.

Mark Hennessy, 40, from Bray in Co. Wicklow, was shot dead by an armed Garda detective at Cherrywood Business Park in south Dublin at around 8pm yesterday.

The father-of-two is alleged to have abducted student Jastine while she walked home from a bus stop in Enniskerry at approximately 6.30pm on Saturday.