Police renew appeal over murder of woman last seen in 1987 – The Irish Times

Gardaí investigating the murder of Antoinette Smith have renewed their appeal for information 37 years after she was last seen alive.

The remains of Mrs Smith (27), who was last seen on O’Connell Street in Dublin city, were discovered at Glendoo Mountain, near the Lemass Monument and close to Glencree-Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, on April 3, 1988.

Detective Inspector Seamus Ryan of Bray police station said gardaí “firmly believe there are people who have information regarding Antoinette’s murder”.

“We invite them to come forward and tell us about any details they may know. No matter how much time passes or how insignificant they may think it is, it could potentially help us in our work to solve this case.

“Antoinette’s two daughters, Lisa and Rachel, deserve justice for those responsible for taking their mother away from them at such a young age,” he said.

Ms Smith was last seen on July 111987after attending a David Bowie concert in Slane Co Meath with a friend.

The couple returned to Dublin by bus, arriving in Parnell Square around 11pm before heading to La Mirage nightclub on Parnell Street.

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Police in Bray, County Wicklow, investigating the murder, said the friends met two men they knew while at the club and stayed with them until they left at 2am.

After Mrs Smith’s friend left, she stayed with the two men and walked with them to the taxi rank on O’Connell Street, from where the men took a taxi to Ballymun.

Mrs Smith continued walking past the Gresham Hotel on O’Connell Street towards O’Connell Bridge and was then reported missing to police by her husband.

The mother of two young children, aged seven and four at the time, remained missing for nine months until her remains were discovered on Glendoo Mountain.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who may have information since 1987, or who has received information in the intervening years, to come forward.

They urge anyone who, 37 years later, would like to come forward to do so, “especially if relationships/associations may have changed over the years.”

“Gardaí would like to assure the public that they will treat anyone involved in the investigation with sensitivity. Anyone with information can contact Bray Gardaí on 01 666 5300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any police station,” a Garda spokeswoman said.