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Dublin: 13°C Sunday 20 September 2020

Jastine Valdez to lie in repose in Bray

Her body has been released to her family.

Jastine Valdez
Jastine Valdez

THE BODY OF murdered Jastine Valdez has been released to her family five days after she was killed.

The body of the 24-year-old student was discovered just off the Puck’s Castle Lane area of Rathmichael in south Dublin on Monday afternoon. A blood-stained letter from her suspected killer Mark Hennessy led gardaí to the site.

Today, a death notice was posted which says that Jastine’s body will repose in a Bray funeral home tomorrow and Saturday from 2pm to 6pm.

The notice says:

“Beloved devoted daughter of Danilo and Teresita Valdez. Will be sadly missed and remembered with love by her parents, grandmother Marcelina, grandfather Felepipe, aunts, uncles, extended family, and many close friends in Ireland and the Philippines.”

Gardaí continue to investigate the death of Jastine. The focus of the investigation is now into the whereabouts of her blue handbag, and her Apple Mini iPad.

Gardaí say that suspect Mark Hennessy may have visited several locations across south Dublin over the weekend and appealed to members of the public who may have seen him to pass on that information.

Hennessy is described as being 5’9’’, of slight build and balding. He was wearing a dark coloured t-shirt, blue jeans and grey runners at the time.

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“We would particularly like to speak with people who were in the; Dalkey, Killiney, Ballybrack, Sallynoggin, Cherrywood, Rathmichael areas. The car may have stopped at restaurants, cafes, petrol station shops or bars in those areas,” gardaí said.

“If you travelled in this part of county Dublin between Saturday and Sunday evenings and you have a dashcam fitted please contact us and make the footage available to investigators.”

Anyone with relevant information is urged to contact Bray Garda Station on 01 666 5300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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