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    Ireland - Aoife Phelan, 30, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, 25 Oct 2012

    Searches underway for Aoife Phelan (Leinster Express)
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    The Ballyroan woman - Aoife Phelan - has now been missing for over a week. She was was last seen on Thursday, October 25, after spending time at a friend’s house in the Colliers View estate in Portlaoise.
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    During the week Gardai again spoke to a number of her friends and family.

    Searches, to date, in and around Portlaoise and Mountmellick, have yielded nothing, while an examination of her phone records, bank account and Facebook account show no activity since last Thursday night week.
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    Aoife Phelan is described as being approximately 5’7’’ in height, slim build, has long blonde/sandy coloured hair and blue eyes. When last seen she was wearing jeans and a knitted jumper. She also has a red bomber style jacket with her.
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    more, including contact numbers, at link above

    Aoife cops: We fear for lost mum-to-be (Irish Sun)
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    The pregnant 30-year-old was last seen in Portlaoise on Thursday.

    Superintendent Yvonne Lundon said: “Obviously her parents and friends are extremely concerned about her welfare and we at An Garda Siochana are also concerned about her welfare.”
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    Childminder Aoife’s mother Betty made a separate heartfelt appeal on radio, saying: “She’s a very bubbly person and it is totally out of character for Aoife not to have been in contact with some of her family so we are very, very concerned at the moment.”
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    She said Aoife, one of 12 children from nearby Ballyroan, was fine before her disappearance.
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    more at link above

    Facebook 'Trace Missing Persons Ireland' page:

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Trace-...43712565673714
    Last edited by summer_breeze; 11-08-2012 at 10:32 AM.

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    Portlaoise is about 89 km (55 miles) SW of Dublin.

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    http://www.independent.ie/national-n...y-3282197.html

    By Nicola Anderson

    Monday November 05 2012

    SEARCH parties were combing an area of the midlands countryside after the family of missing woman Aoife Phelan expressed a "hunch" that she might be found there.

    An estimated 300 people gathered at Aoife's hometown of Ballyroan yesterday morning for a search that continued until the light began to fade.

    Organiser Denis Tierney explained that they were concentrating their search on the Ridge Road area between Portlaoise and Mountmellick.

    This was due to a "hunch" of the family who wanted a particular area examined more carefully, he explained.

    However, as the search efforts continued, there was nothing found.

    The 31-year-old childminder was last seen on October 25 when she left a friend's house at Colliers View in Portlaoise at around 8.10pm.

    Gardaí Supt Yvonne Lundon (with photo of Aoife) did not comment on any of the information that may have been gleaned by the Garda investigation to date, but confirmed concerns had significantly increased.

    “Obviously her parents and friends are extremely concerned about her welfare and we at An Garda Síochána are also concerned about her welfare and endorse those opinions,” she said.

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...?ts=1352111788

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...325939780.html
    Last edited by LegallyBrunette; 11-05-2012 at 06:40 AM. Reason: Fixing photos

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    Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland

    Aoife Phelan - Missing:

    Aoife Phelan is four months pregnant and was last seen near her home in Portlaoise, Co. Laois
    on Thursday night 25th October



    Gardai and Aoife's family are appealing to anyone with information to contact gardai at Portlaoise on 057-8674100. The smallest bit of information could be vital in bringing Aoife home.

    Read more and help find Aoife

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...mother-30.html

    By Alison O'reilly
    PUBLISHED: 15:34 GMT, 28 October 2012


    Aoife's parents, Betty and Michael Phelan say her disappearance is out of character and they can't eat or sleep because of their worry.
    Aoife, the fifth of 12 children, lives in Portlaoise where she works part-time as a childminder. She comes home to stay with her parents Michael, 58, and Betty, 57, in Ballyroan every weekend.
    Two of Aoife's sisters, Leanne and Lavinia, boarded a flight yesterday from Australia when they heard she was missing and are due to return home today.
    Aoife left her friend's house and took a right turn out of Colliers View and walked towards Colliers Lane. Yesterday, at the spot close to where Aoife was last seen, her brother Michael, who has been putting up leaflets around the area, said he was 'deeply worried'.
    'Too much time is passing and we just don't know where she is. Colliers Lane is always busy with drivers, walkers and joggers. People are always out with their dogs here so somebody must have seen something.

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    Betty Phelan, mother of Aoife, surrounded by family at candlelit vigil for her missing daughter.

    Mother makes emotional plea for return of missing daughter
    The Irish Times - Friday, November 2, 2012
    EOGHAN MacCONNELL

    The heartbroken mother of missing Laois woman Aoife Phelan made an emotional plea for her daughter’s return at a candlelit vigil last night.

    Up to 200 friends, family members and neighbours gathered at Colliers View, Portlaoise, where Ms Phelan was last seen almost exactly a week before.

    “Aoife, we will be strong as a family and we will bring you home. We love you Aoife, so come home,” Betty Phelan said. She clutched rosary beads and led prayers during the vigil.

    Ms Phelan’s brother Darragh said: “On behalf of my mother and father and brothers and sisters, we are just hoping tonight that something will jog someone’s memory somewhere.

    “No matter how small, how trivial, just please, please contact the guards in Portlaoise.”

    Ms Phelan’s family, who were carrying roses and pictures of her, thanked the community and gardaí for their support. They linked arms in a circle after the prayers were said for her safe return
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    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...326035673.html

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    Man arrested over missing nanny

    http://www.wexfordpeople.ie/breaking...y-3285024.html

    Monday November 05 2012

    A man in his 20s has been arrested over the disappearance of a pregnant nanny who is missing feared murdered.

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    The arrested man is currently detained in Portlaoise Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

    http://m.u.tv/News/Man-held-in-missi...c-423de685d701

    so is he just being detained on suspicion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nursebeeme View Post
    The arrested man is currently detained in Portlaoise Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

    http://m.u.tv/News/Man-held-in-missi...c-423de685d701

    so is he just being detained on suspicion?
    Currently, yes he's detained on suspicion. If it becomes more than suspicion they'll charge him.


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    THE disappearance of Portlaoise woman Aoife Phelan is now being treated by Gardai as a murder investigation.

    http://www.independent.ie/national-n...d-3285031.html

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    Man arrested as missing Aoife Phelan now feared murdered (independent.ie)
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    Detectives arrested a 24-year-old man this afternoon for questioning about the murder.
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    The suspect was being held this evening under section 4 of the 1984 Criminal Justice Act, which allows gardai to detain him without charge for up to 24 hours, excluding rest periods.
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    the rest at the link above

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    It is understood that gardaí are now involved in an intensive search of a building on the Timahoe Road in Portlaoise.

    http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/1105/aoi...8999,flash,247

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spotlight View Post
    It is understood that gardaí are now involved in an intensive search of a building on the Timahoe Road in Portlaoise.

    http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/1105/aoi...8999,flash,247
    Dear God, not another one :-(

    Thoughts and prayers for Aoife's parents and siblings.

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    This is from last week, not sure if there is any update on this.

    By Ken Foy, Crime correspondent
    Wednesday October 31 2012

    GARDAI intend to interview a young man who had a brief relationship with missing childminder Aoife Phelan (30). The Herald understands that the highly respected local man -- who is understood to be abroad -- is the father of a child that Aoife is four months pregnant with.

    The man, who is well known in local GAA circles, has not returned to Ireland from overseas where he was on a brief holiday.

    It is understood he has been in communication with gardai and is expected home to Ballyroan, Co Laois, in the coming days.

    The man is not suspected of any wrongdoing and officers still do not know if Aoife was the victim of foul play.

    http://www.herald.ie/news/gardai-to-...y-3278876.html

    THE ex-boyfriend of missing pregnant woman Aoife Phelan left Ireland for the US a few days before her disappearance.

    Gardaí have now sought to speak to this man, who works as a lorry driver and is involved with the GAA.

    Miss Phelan, 30, was last seen on Thursday night at Colliers Lane near her home in Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

    She had told her family that she was four months pregnant. Her ex-boyfriend went to the US, for an extended holiday, a few days before she went missing. It is understood that they were not in a serious relationship.

    31 Oct 2012 Irish Daily Mail -By Ali Bracken and Leah McDonald ali.bracken@dailymail.ie
    http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/viewer.aspx
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