MURDER INVESTIGATION

Gardai examining house in search for woman missing from Dundalk

Giedre Raguckaite

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Gardai examining house in search for woman missing from Dundalk

Giedre Raguckaite

Gardaí investigating the disappearance of Giedre Raguckaite from Dundalk have issued a fresh appeal at a media press briefing at Dundalk Garda Station this afternoon. 

The Garda Technical Bureau is currently examining a house in Laytown, Co. Meath as part of this investigation.

Giedre Raguckaite, a Lithuanian citizen, came to Ireland from the UK in April 2018.  She lived in a number of properties between April and May 2018, the last known residence being 37 College Heights, Dundalk, Co Louth.  She moved out of that property on 23rd May 2018 and it is not yet known where she lived after that. 

Superintendent Liam Geraghty and Detective Inspector Martin Begley at the press conference held in Dundalk Garda station this morning 

Giedre Raguckaite was born 21st November 1988, her father is Arunas Raguckas, 58 years, lives at Kaunas, Lietuva, Lithuania, her mother is deceased.  She has two sisters Gintare Raguckaite (31) residing in Italy and Zavile Raguckaite (31) residing in Cyprus.

The last confirmed contact with Giedre was with her father by phone at 6.35pm (Irish Time) on the 29th May 2018. A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed and is in constant contact with the Giedre’s family.

On the 22nd August 2018 a Lithuanian National who resides in Dundalk reported Giedre missing to the Dundalk Gardaí. A missing person investigation commenced under the supervision of Detective Inspector Martin Beggy from the incident room in Dundalk and it is now established that she was last seen at a house in the Laytown area with two men on 29th May 2018 at about 11pm. 

Gardaí believe Giedre was unconscious when she entered the property with the two Lithuanian men and said that the two males were known to the 29-year-old woman. 

Gardaí have established that Giedre’s phone has not been in use since the morning of the 30th May 2018, nor has there has been any activity on Giedre’s social media accounts or contact with any family or friends. 

Gardaí said that whilst the two men were seen leaving the house, Giedre was never seen leaving the property and was not there when Gardaí examined the property the following day. 

The Laytown home which Gardaí believe Giedre was taken to against her will is a rented family home. The family at the property are currently co-operating with Gardaí in their investigation. Gardaí said that the house is currently being treated as a crime scene. 

Gardaí have carried out over 170 lines of enquiry, including liaising with the PSNI, UK Police Forces, Interpol, the Lithuanian Police Force and the Lithuanian Embassy.  As a result of those enquiries, it was decided on the 31st October 2018 to re-categorise this investigation as a homicide investigation.

Giedre is described as 1.67 Meters in height, thin build, 8/9 stone, shoulder length blonde hair, green eyes and was last seen wearing pink Tee-shirt and dark blue jeans. 

Gardai are seeking assistance from the public and especially the Lithuanian Community to ascertain details of:

1)    Any person who provided accommodation temporary or otherwise for Giedre since 23/5/18 no matter how short the stay.

2)    Anyone who has seen Giedre on or since the 29/5/18.

3)    Anyone who is in possession of any information surrounding Giedre’s disappearance on 29th May 2018.

And to contact us at Dundalk Garda station on 042 9388400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station. A photograph of Giedre is available by email request to the Garda Press Office onpressoffice@garda.ie

The Garda Technical Bureau is currently examining a house in Laytown, Co. Meath as part of this investigation.