Police renew appeal for Irish woman who went missing 36 years ago

Police renew appeal for Irish woman who went missing 36 years ago

POLICE in Derby have renewed an appeal to help locate an Irish woman who vanished 36 years ago.

The missing woman attended a refuge in Derbyshire in December 1977 but vanished days later and hasn’t been seen since.

A spokesman revealed that the woman gave her name as Susan Banner and is said to have told staff she had left an abusive relationship with a man from Wolverhampton.

The Irish woman said she had been living in the Manor Road area of Derby before heading to the refuge.

“On the afternoon of January 5, 1978, she left the refuge to view a flat but never turned up for that viewing, and did not return to the refuge, a spokesman confirmed.

“She has not been seen since that day,” the Mirror reported.

Susan gave a date of birth of December 25, 1939, which would have made her 39 at the time of her disappearance, and 74 today.

However, detectives investigating her disappearance believe she may have given a false name and date of birth.

She was white, about 5ft 4in, of thin build and a pale complexion. She had light, greying hair.

When she was last seen, Susan was wearing a khaki green shirt, brown and white jumper and a green belted raincoat, with a brown and cream zipped shopping bag.

Despite extensive police inquiries since her disappearance, Susan’s whereabouts and true identity have not been discovered.

There is no photograph of the missing woman.

Police are now re-appealing for information from anyone who lived in Derby in 1977/78 and knew of an Irish woman fitting the description, who may have been using the name Susan Banner.

A spokesman explained that the appeal has not been launched on the back of any fresh information.

“There hasn’t been an appeal in this case in some time so we felt that with the advent of new media we might be finally able to put it to bed.

“We have no reason to believe that this woman has come to any harm or that there is a recent development.”