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Gardaí find new leads in Galway woman's mysterious 1985 disappearance

33-year-old Barbara Walsh was reported missing from her home in Carna in June 1985.

Barbara Walsh Barbara Walsh Source: An Garda Síochána

GARDAÍ HAVE RESUMED active investigations into the mysterious disappearance of Connemara woman Barbara Walsh, three decades ago.

The 33-year-old was reported missing on 29 June 1985, after a party at her home in Rusheenamanagh in Carna.

A Garda statement sent to Sinn Féin Senator Trevor O’Clochartaigh, who is from the area, emphasised that “this case has always remained open and was never closed,” but added:

The Chief Superintendent has directed that this particular investigation be reviewed at this time.
As part of this review a number of new lines of enquiry have been generated and a significant amount of information has been gleaned as a result.

Barbara Walsh was married with a young family at the time she went missing, weeks short of her 34th birthday.

In a statement last night, O’Clochartaigh said:

The Walsh family, who I know well, want to find out what happened to their mother.
I would expect that the investigation will be prompt, thorough and might finally bring closure to the family of Barbara Walsh who have been distraught ever since they lost her.

Gardaí are asking anyone with any information to contact Galway Garda station on 091-538-000, call the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111, or contact any Garda station.

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