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Gardaí issue appeal in Dundalk murder probe

 Gardaí in Dundalk have issued an urgent appeal for information regarding a Lithuanian woman who’s been missing since May as the investigation into the disappearance of Giedre Raguckaite (29) is upgraded to a murder inquiry.

Ms Raguckaite was last seen at a house in the Laytown area of Meath at around 11pm on 29 May in the company of two men. Gardaí believe she was unconscious when entering the house and both men left the property in the early hours of 30 May.

Speaking at a press conference in Dundalk recently Superintendent Gerry Curley clarified why the investigation has been upgraded to that of murder: 

“We established that there was a fairly significant pattern of contact with acquaintances, friends and family prior to the 29 May. There has been no contact from Giedre since then.”

He said the circumstances in which she entered the house in Laytown are of “serious concern”:  “She was not in a very good condition and we believe she was unconscious.  We haven’t established what happened to her and we believe her disappearance is involuntary.  The house in Meath has been declared a crime scene and forensic examinations are under way,” he added.

Giedre stayed at a number of addresses in Dundalk after her arrival in Ireland from England last April.  She moved out of her last known address at 37 College Heights on 23rd May. The last confirmed contact she had was with her father – who lives in Lithuania – by phone at 6.35pm on 29 May.  Her phone has not been used since the morning of 30 May and since then, there hasn’t been any activity on her social media accounts, or contact with family or friends.

Gardaí have pursued over 170 lines of enquiry, including liaising with the PSNI, UK police, Interpol, the Lithuanian Police Force and the Lithuanian Embassy. 

Giedre is described as being around 5’4, of thin build, with shoulder-length blonde hair and green eyes.  When last seen, she was wearing a pink t-shirt and dark blue jeans.

As part of the appeal gardaí are seeking assistance from the public, and the Lithuanian community in particular, for details on anyone who provided accommodation – temporary or otherwise – for Giedre since 23 May, no matter how short the stay, anyone who has seen her on or since 29 May and anyone who has any information surrounding her disappearance.

Gardaí urged those who can help to contact Dundalk Garda Station on 042 938 8400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.