On March 26, 1993, 26-year-old native New Yorker Annie McCarrick went missing from Sandymount. She was last seen outside a post office in Enniskerry. Her parents arrived after being contacted by their daughter’s friends. The parents stayed in Ireland for six months while searching unsuccessfully for their daughter.

July 25, 1993, 39-year-old Eva Brennan left her parents’ house in Rathgar but never made it back to her apartment. After two days of not hearing from his daughter, her father went to investigate. Inside Eva’s apartment, he found the jacket she’d been wearing the day she disappeared. Eva was never seen again.

January 3, 1994, 22-year-old Imelda Keenan told her boyfriend that she was going to the post office. She left their apartment in Waterford City at 1:30 PM. The local doctor’s secretary was the last person to see Keenan as she crossed a road in town and seemingly vanished into thin air.

November 9, 1995, 21-year-old Josephine Dollard was spotted using a pay phone in the Moone area of Kildare. After she ended the call, she was seen getting into a car with an unknown person. Dollard never made it back home.

August 23, 1996, 25-year-old Fiona Pender vanished after leaving her apartment in Tullamore. Fiona Pender was seven months pregnant when she disappeared August 1996. The 25-year-old hairdresser and part-time model was last seen at the flat she shared with her boyfriend on Church Street in Tullamore.

February 13, 1997, 17-year-old Ciara Breen disappeared from her home in Dundalk. Ciara Breen disappeared on 13 February 1997, after leaving her home in Dundalk to meet someone. She was never seen again.

February 8, 1998, 19-year-old Fiona Sinnott went missing after leaving a pub in Broadway. On Sunday, February 8, 1998, Fiona left her local pub in Ballyhitt, just after closing time, intending to walk back to her rented accommodation. This was the last time she was seen alive in public. No trace or sighting of her has ever been reported since.

July 28, 1998, 18-year-old Deirdre Jacob went missing mere meters from her parents’ home. Deirdre Jacob vanished in July 1998 from the roadside close to her home outside Newbridge, Co Kildare. She had been on errands in the town and was seen by neighbours on her way home that afternoon before she seemed to disappear without trace just yards from her home.

None of these young women have ever been found.

The missing young women who vanished, Ireland’s Vanishing Triangle

The tie that binds them together? They all disappeared in what has come to be known as Ireland’s Vanishing Triangle within the boundaries of Leinster. Police decided that the missing women were most likely murdered and focused their investigation on convicted rapist Larry Murphy. He was charged with an unrelated rape and attempted murder case in 2000.

With Murphy in prison, the vanishings abruptly stopped, giving authorities even more reason to suspect him. Unfortunately, a lack of evidence and staunch denials on Murphy’s part mean that he was never charged for any of the disappearances. It is widely suspected that at least some if not all of the disappearances were due to a possible serial killer, acting either alone or with an accomplice, in the Leinster area in the 1990s. The fate of those who vanished remains unknown.

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