“We have made very significant progress,” Detective Inspector Pat Marry said this Tuesday. Marry is the senior investigating officer of the team at Dundalk Garda Station investigating the disappearance of Dundalk woman Ciara Breen.
Ciara went missing from her home at Bachelor’s Walk 17 years ago, on 13 February 1997. She was 17 at the time.
“We are still appealing for people to come forward and would like to thank the people who have come forward,” Detective Inspector Marry said.
On Monday, members of the Louth Divisional Garda Search team, assisted by the Garda Technical Bureau, Garda Special Equipment officers and divers from the Garda Water Unit Diving Section, were conducting a search at Balmer’s Bog off the Ardee Road, between the main Dublin-Belfast rail line and the bogland area that stretches back towards Ladywell Terrace.
It is a long painstaking search and will take a number of weeks. Grass and reeds are being cut away and the choked Ramparts river painstakingly searched by garda officers. When the search area is cleared garda dogs will be brought in.
The bog covers 16 acres, but gardai are concentrating on just part of that area.
Superintendent Gerry Curley and Detective Inspector Marry said that as a result of an appeal through local and national media at the end of last year, significant progress has been made in the investigation into Ciara’s death.
“As a result of the investigation carried out in Dundalk, Supt Curley said, “and from the information received, several lines of inquiry have been followed up and one of those lines of inquiry has resulted in the search of Balmer’s Bog off the Ardee Road.”