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missing since 1998

Fiona Sinnott disappearance: Further lines of inquiry 'being actively pursued'

Information provided by the public in the wake of a CrimeCall appeal has been “very useful”.

GARDAÍ SAY THEY are currently pursuing further lines of inquiry in their investigation into the disappearance of Wexford woman Fiona Sinnott nineteen years ago.

Sinnott, who had an address at Ballyhitt, Broadway, Co Wexford, was last seen on Sunday 8 February 1998.

She had been socialising at Butler’s Pub in the town of Broadway with friends before leaving at midnight.

A motorist saw a man and woman on the roadway near Kisha Cross, Broadway at around midnight.

There were also two men in their late teens or early twenties in the immediate area.

None of these four people have ever come forward, and gardaí are anxious to trace them – or anyone else who was in the area.

The case was featured on RTÉ’s CrimeCall programme in February.

A Garda spokesperson said in a statement this morning that investigators were “very grateful to the public” for the support they have received following the renewed appeal.

“Investigators have developed from this further lines of inquiry which are being actively pursued,” the Garda statement said.

“At this stage, for operational reasons, Gardaí cannot comment on the number of people who came forward during the most recent appeal or the type of information provided except to say that it was very useful.

The investigators would appeal to anyone who has not come forward to date, consider now doing so.

Anyone who can assist the investigation is being asked to contact:

  • Wexford Garda Station 053 916 5200
  • The Garda Confdential Line 1800 666 111
  • Or any Garda Station


Originally treated as a missing person’s case, the probe was upgraded to a murder investigation in 2005.

Fiona’s sister Diane told CrimeCall this year that Fiona’s father died from “a broken heart”.

“He died never finding his daughter,” Diane said.

It actually gets harder and harder every year, as the years go by, knowing that she’s still out there. It’s just not right, so, we’re just pleading for anyone with information to come forward, to let us bury her, and let our family be whole again.

In an update provided in February, gardaí said they had taken 355 statements as part of the investigation. The inquiry has seen Our Lady’s Island Lake drained, and extensive quarry and land searches carried out.

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