Search for missing woman continues after suspect dies in police shooting

Detectives are continuing to search for a woman feared abducted in Ireland after police shot dead a suspect in her disappearance.

Jastine Valdez, 24, from Enniskerry in Co Wicklow, was last seen being bundled into a Nissan Qashqai SUV near her home on Saturday evening.

The suspect was shot dead by an officer in a confrontation on Sunday evening after gardai traced the vehicle to the Cherrywood business district south of Dublin.

The man killed has been named locally as 40 year-old Mark Hennessy, from Bray, in Co Wicklow.

Emergency services next to a Nissan Qashqai at a business park in the Cherrywood area of Dublin  (Peter Varga/PA)
Emergency services next to a Nissan Qashqai at a business park in the Cherrywood area of Dublin (Peter Varga/PA)

Ireland's police watchdog, the Garda Siochana Ombudsman's Commission, is investigating the shooting.

No trace of Ms Valdez, an accountancy student originally from the Philippines, has been found.

Gardai have said they are extremely concerned for her safety.

She was walking home along the Kilcrony road in Enniskerry at around 6.15pm on Saturday when she was attacked and abducted.

Gardai renewed their appeal for information on Monday morning.

Ms Valdez is described is being around 5ft, of slight build with long black hair and brown eyes.

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Disappearance of Jastine Valdez, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow.

Gardaí in Bray are appealing for information following the disappearance of a 24-year-old woman from Enniskerry, Co Wicklow.

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When last seen she was wearing a dark coloured jacket, white T-shirt, grey leggings and running shoes.

A Garda spokeswoman said: "Gardai are particularly appealing for information on, or sightings and movement of, a black Nissan Qashqai registration 171 D 20419 between 5pm on the Saturday the 19th May and 8pm on Sunday May 20th.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact Bray Garda Station 01-6665300 the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station."

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