Relief as young sisters, 13 and 14, missing from Carlow found safe and well

Relief as young sisters, 13 and 14, missing from Carlow found safe and well

THERE HAS been good news in the search for two missing children as they have been located safe and well.

Young teenagers Helen and Melissa McDonnell, sisters aged 14 and 13 respectively, had been missing for several days after vanishing from County Carlow on Monday evening, 19 July.

Neither had been seen since their disappearance, however as the days went by it was suspected the sisters could be in the Athlone or Longford areas, with Gardaí narrowing the search to these spots.

A missing person's appeal was also launched in order to seek help from the public, which included a physical description of Helen and Melissa as well as the clothes they were wearing on the day they disappeared.

A photograph of the sisters was also released by Gardaí as part of the investigation, which can be seen below.

Helen and Melissa McDonnell, aged 13 and 14, were missing since Monday (Image: Gardaí)

Now An Garda Síocháa have confirmed that both girls have been found, and that both are safe and well.

In a statement, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said:

"Helen McDonnell, 14 years, and Melissa McDonnell, 13 years, who went missing from Killeshin Road, Carlow on Monday evening 19th July, 2021 have been located safe and well.

"We would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance in this matter. No further media action is required."

The girls were found yesterday, Wednesday 21 July, two days after their initial disappearance.