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THERE has been an outpouring of concern for a 16-year-old girl and her two young daughters who were last seen near their home in Dundalk around 9.20am on Sunday, April 22.

THERE has been an outpouring of concern for a 16-year-old girl and her two young daughters who were last seen near their home in Dundalk around 9.20am on Sunday, April 22.

Gardai in Dundalk are conducting door-to-door inquiries in a bid to locate Cosmina Tersanschi and her two infant children, two infant daughters, Rebecca, aged two, and Rahaela, aged 11 months.

Local gardai have also issued a nationwide appeal and are seeking the public’s help in locating the trio. According to a garda spokesperson, Interpol, the world’s largest international police organisation, has also issued an appeal for information.

“The missing girl has no partner with her and no family in Ireland apart from her two children. Her family is based in France and she also has connections in Scotland and the North,” said the spokesperson.

Cosmina has been living with her two children at a house on Emer Terrace in Dundalk and was last seen near there wearing a black and grey Jumper and a long brown skirt. She left the house on Sunday last with her daughters in a red double buggy.

The eldest daughter, Rebecca, will be three-years-old in June. She has light brown hair, brown eyes, and also has a bad turn in her right eye and sometimes wears glasses. The youngest daughter, Rahaela, is just 11-months-old. There are no details of what the children were wearing.

The last unconfirmed sighting of Cosmina, Rebecca and Rahaela was outside Byrne’s Chemist on Church Street on Sunday at 4.30pm. A concerned friend reported her missing to Gardai.

Gardaí would like for anyone who may have seen Cosmina and her two daughters or have information to contact them in Dundalk on 042-9388400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666 111 or at any garda station.

Meanwhile, there has been an outpouring of concern for the missing mother and her children from people in the Dundalk area and all over Ireland on the Facebook page of ‘Trace Missing Persons Ireland’.

The non profit organisation set up to find human remains with trained human remains detection dogs can be contacted by members of the public by emailing traceireland@gmail.com. At the time of going to print, the appeal for the family had been shared 442 times and had been commented on 169 times.

Comments included statements such as “I hope her and her two wee girls are found safe and well” made by Sarah Duffy in Dundalk, while Katherine Larkin in Manchester said: “hopefully they’ll all be found safe very soon”.