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Police renew appeal for information on missing Saoirse Smyth

Detectives from PSNI’s Major Investigation Team took to the streets of Newry last week to carry out enquiries into the disappearance of 28 year old Saoirse Smyth in 2017. 

Originally from west Belfast, Saoirse had been living in Omeath at the time of her disappearance and was known to socialise in Newry regularly. The missing woman was last seen in Belfast in April 2017 and police believe she may have been murdered. 

A 40-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman were arrested in Newry earlier this year in connection with her disappearance and were released on police bail. It is understood a third suspect, who is currently serving a jail term in Dublin’s Mountjoy prison, has been identified but has not yet been formally interviewed about the murder.

Detectives carrying out enquiries in Newry on Tuesday last (6th November) erected posters in retail areas in the city appealing for anyone who may have any information about the suspected murder to get in touch with police.

Renewing the appeal for information in relation to Saoirse’s disappearance, Detective Chief Inspector Geoffrey Boyce said the 28-year-old’s family have been left “devastated by her disappearance”.

“Saoirse had very distinctive red hair and was seen in Belfast on the day she disappeared. I believe that later that day, she then returned to Omeath where she was living at the time,” said the detective.

“To this day Saoirse has not had any contact with her friends or family since the day she disappeared, including on birthdays and Christmas.

“This is very unusual for Saoirse and while we are keeping an open mind, we believe that she may have been murdered.

“We believe that someone in the local area may have information about Saoirse’s disappearance. Saoirse often commuted from Belfast to Omeath through Newry and used a number of local taxi companies.

“We will not give up investigating what happened to Saoirse and we are working closely with our colleagues in An Garda Siochana.

“I am appealing for anyone who has any information about Saoirse’s disappearance to come forward. Saoirse was a daughter, sister and granddaughter and her family deserve to know what has happened to her.”

Anyone with information that may help with the investigation has been should contact detectives at the incident room Ladas Drive on 101 or 0044 28 9070 0355 if calling from the Republic.