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Gardaí searching for woman missing since 1985 begin dig close to her home

Excavation equipment has been brought to land close to the home of Barbara Walsh, who went missing in June 1985.

GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING THE disappearance of a Connemara woman three decades ago have begun searching a patch of land near her home.

33-year-old Barbara Walsh was reported missing on 29 June 1985.

She had last been seen after a party at her home in Rusheenamanagh in Carna a week earlier – at 4am on 22 June. She was married with a young family at the time of her disappearance.

Barbara has been on the missing persons list ever since, and a full review of the case was launched in January of this year.

A senior officer has been appointed to head up the review. Since the start of the process 112 lines of enquiry have been generated and close to 60 people interviewed.

In a statement this morning, gardaí confirmed officers were “carrying out planned searches of premises and lands” at Rusheenamanagh, Carna, County Galway.

“The planned and structured searches are being carried out by investigating Gardaí with the assistance of the Garda Technical Bureau.”

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Galway Bay FM reports that excavation equipment has been brought to an area close to Barbara Walsh’s home under the supervision of over twenty officers.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to contact them at Clifden Garda station on 095 22500, to call the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or to contact any Garda station.

Note: As the case is the subject of an ongoing garda investigation, comments on this article have been closed. 

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