GARDAI in Portlaoise were seen carrying out searches and door-to-door enquires in what is understood to be part of the search for missing Laois woman Aoife Phelan.
Gardaí were seen conducting enquires in housing estates around the Colliers Lane area of the town on Tuesday evening October 30 where the missing woman was last seen on Thursday, October 25 last. Gardai could not confirm that the search was related to the missing woman for ‘operational reason’.
The enquiries were being carried out as Portlaoise’s Garda Superintendent, Yvonne Lundon, appealed once again to the public for more any information in relation to the missing woman who is aged and understood to be pregnant.
Briefing reporters at Portlaoise Garda Station, Supt Lundon insisted that gardai are still treating the case as a missing persons investigation but she appealed to anybody who may have seen anything last Thursday around 8.30pm.
Thanking the public for their help to date, she confirmed that gardai had made a wide range of enquiries in relation to the investigation and she did not rule out any lines of enquiry.
Supt Lundon said Ms Phelan was last seen when she spent last Thursday evening with a friend from 6.15pm to 8.10pm at a friends house in Colliers View estate in Portlaoise.
Aoife is described as being approximately 5’7’’ in height, slim build, has long blonde/sandy coloured hair and blue eyes. When last seen she was wearing jeans and a knitted jumper. She also has a red bomber style jacket with her.
A native of Ballyroan Aoife is one of a family of 12. Aoife lives in the Colliers Lane area of Portlaoise.
Anyone who can assist in locating Aoife is asked to contact Portlaoise Garda Station on 057-8674100, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.