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'You may unknowingly be shielding a killer': Garda appeal on 21st anniversary of teenager's murder

17-year-old Raonaid Murray was last seen alive as she made her way home from Dun Laoghaire town centre.

Raonaid Murray was attacked in the early hours of 4 September, 1999
Raonaid Murray was attacked in the early hours of 4 September, 1999

GARDAÍ HAVE ISSUED a fresh appeal for information on the 21st anniversary of the killing of Dublin teenager Raonaid Murray.

The 17-year-old was last seen alive at approximately 11.20pm on Friday 3 September, 1999, as she made her way home from Dun Laoghaire town centre.

Her body was found at Silchester Crescent, Glenageary at 12.33am on 4 September, less than 500 yards from her home.

In a statement, gardaí said many who were then the same age as the teenager are now parents themselves.

“We would ask them to reflect now with the benefit of maturity and hindsight on any information which may be of assistance to the investigation,” they said.

Despite a large number of suspects having been identified during the course of the investigation, there is no prime suspect. 

The lack of a prime suspect arises from the fact that there has been no motive identified in the case, according to gardaí.

“The lack of a prime suspect largely arises from the fact that there has been no motive identified in this case. In over 4,500 witness statements there is not one word of enmity towards Raonaid,” they continued.

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“If any person has any information which could assist in identifying a motive for the murder of Raonaid and/or if any person has any doubts about the truth of an alibi already provided, we would appeal for your immediate assistance.

“You may unknowingly be shielding a killer.

“The solving of this murder is of the utmost priority for An Garda Síochana and any information received will be treated with absolute confidentiality.

“The Garda investigation team wish to again thank the public for the invaluable assistance provided in this ongoing investigation to date.”

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