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Fresh appeal for information on Fiona Sinnott case 19 years after her disappearance

Gardaí switched the case to a murder inquiry in 2005.

Fiona Sinnott went missing after a night out in Wexford 19 years ago
Fiona Sinnott went missing after a night out in Wexford 19 years ago
Image: Crimecall/RTÉ

GARDAÍ HAVE ISSUED a fresh call for information surrounding the disappearance of Wexford woman Fiona Sinnott in early-1998.

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

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 say they are “anxious to trace them”.

The case is set to appear this evening on RTÉ’s Crimecall.

Fiona’s mother Mary and sister Diane told the show that Fiona’s father died from “a broken heart”.

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


It is hoped that new forensic techniques could help uncover new evidence in the case.

Dr Dorothy Ramsbottom, from the garda forensic science lab, told Crimecall: “With recent advances in DNA technology, we are able to locate and generate DNA profiles from stains that were previously not possible 19 years ago.”

To date, gardaí have conducted 459 enquiries and taken 355 statements as part of this investigation.

The investigation has seen Our Lady’s Island Lake drained, and extensive quarry and land searches carried out.

Anyone with information, or anyone who can assist with the investigation, is asked to contact Wexford Garda Station on 053 916 5200, the garda confidential line at 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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