SEARCHES ARE CONTINUING for Co Laois woman Aoife Phelan, who was last seen a week ago in Portlaoise.
The Irish Times reports this morning that searches were carried out yesterday by the garda water unit in a man-made lake in a residential area in Kilminchy, Portlaoise as part of their investigation. This is near to the area where Aoife was last seen on Thursday night on Colliers Lane in Portlaoise at about 8.10pm.
Aoife, a native of Cashel, Ballyroan, Portlaoise, is 30 and four months pregnant. Her sister Leanne spoke to TheJournal.ie two days later and said the disappearance is completely out of character.
Aoife met a friend at the Borris Road Roundabout in Portlaoise at about 6.30pm on 25 October and was last seen at 8.10pm when she left a friend’s house at Colliers View, Portlaoise. She was employed as a live-in au pair at the Hermitage, Portlaoise and was in work until 6.15pm on that evening.
Gardaí said Aoife is approximately 5’7’’ in height, of slim build, and has long blonde/sandy coloured hair and blue eyes. When last seen she was wearing stone washed/light coloured jeans and a knitted jumper.
She was also wearing a red sleeveless jacket with a fur trimmed hood and black boots. She may have been wearing a silver necklace and a watch with a black strap.
The Phelan family, who live in Ballyroan, believe Aoife had arranged to get a lift from Portlaoise on Thursday. Her phone was traced to the Mountmellick area but it has been turned off since about 9pm Thursday.