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The US team planned to take “one last roll of the dice” in solving Annie McCarrick’s disappearance case

An American lawyer and ex-FBI agent takes “one last roll of the dice” to solve the infamous cold case of American tourist Annie McCarrick, who disappeared in Ireland in 1993.

Annie McCarrick, 26, of New York, was last seen taking the bus to Enniskerry on March 26, 1993 after telling a friend that she planned to go to the Wicklow Mountains that day.

Michael Griffith, a lawyer who hired her father John in 1993, has now joined forces with Kenneth Strange, a former FBI agent, and Annie’s uncle, John Covell, and an Irish private investigator, Brian McCarthy, to try the mystery. of what happened to her.

Researchers have previously worked out the theory that Annie visited Johnnie Fox’s pub in the Dublin mountains, where a woman who matched her description was seen in the company of a man wearing a waxed jacket, which has never been identified.

But now Mr. Griffith says the team has discovered a testimony that Annie places in a cafe in Enniskerry instead of the pub, and as a result identified “one prime suspect.”

The lawyer, who previously said that the case “haunts” him, told Herald“It’s a cold thing. We think that if we put our heads together, we can revive and solve this case. A final roll of the dice. ‘

An American lawyer and ex-FBI agent take 'one last roll of the dice' to solve the infamous cold case of American tourist Annie McCarrick, 26, who disappeared in Ireland in 1993 (photo)

An American lawyer and ex-FBI agent take ‘one last roll of the dice’ to solve the infamous cold case of American tourist Annie McCarrick, 26, who disappeared in Ireland in 1993 (photo)

He explained, “We plan to come later in the year and I am confident we can fix this.”

The private investigator believes that the statement, which was given to Gardai at the time, could put a whole new timeline on the case.

Annie was born in Long Island, but moved to Ireland in 1987 and started studying in Dublin.

She returned to America in 1990 to obtain a master’s degree, but returned to Ireland in January 1993 to settle.

During an interview in 2016, her mother Nancy told RTÉ’s Crimecall program, “When she found Ireland, her whole life really changed.”

Annie left her Dublin apartment on March 26 to spend the day in the Wicklow Mountains, going alone after inviting a friend to join her.

After she was spotted taking the bus to Glencullen that afternoon, there was an alleged sighting of someone who matched her description at Johnnie Fox’s Pub.

The woman spoke to a man in his twenties wearing a waxed jacket, which has never been identified.

After the alleged sighting in the pub, Annie was never heard or seen again, and many people thought she had been murdered – but the case was never resolved.

The alarm went off when Annie didn’t show up at a part-time café job the next day to collect her wages and didn’t go to dinner.

The US team now believes that Annie was not at Johnnie Fox’s Pub, in the village of Glencullen, as previously believed.

Instead, they identified a new “prime suspect” after learning of a testimony given to Gardai in 1993.

The US team thinks they identified a 'prime suspect' after discovering a testimony from someone who claimed to have seen Annie with a man at a cafe in Enniskerry

The US team thinks they identified a 'prime suspect' after discovering a testimony from someone who claimed to have seen Annie with a man at a cafe in Enniskerry

The US team thinks they identified a ‘prime suspect’ after discovering a testimony from someone who claimed to have seen Annie with a man at a cafe in Enniskerry

Mr. McCarthy thinks they have now identified a new suspect with whom they think Annie was at a cafe in Enniskerry.

The witness, who has since died, claimed that Annie had been in the café with a man who fits the description of a suspect McCarthy identified.

Mr. McCarthy called the sighting “more important than initially thought.”

Several attempts have been made to find out the person behind Annie’s disappearance.

In 2010, the Irish Mail on Sunday revealed sensational evidence that the released rapist linked Larry Murphy to another disappearance in the area, that of student Deirdre Jacob, who disappeared in July 1998.

Trainee teacher Deirdre was one of three women, along with Annie and 21-year-old Jo Jo Dullard, who went missing in the area before Murphy was convicted in 2000 of the kidnapping, rape and attempted murder of a woman in the Wicklow Mountains.

Gardaí has ​​conducted extensive investigations into the disappearances, but has so far had no breakthrough in resolving them.

In 2008, the Garda brought a team of FBI agents to Ireland to review the evidence gathered.

These experienced profilers, who specialize in investigating serial killers in the United States, concluded that the unknown killers matched the Murphy profile.

Meanwhile, retired detective Alan Bailey alleged in 2014 that a member of the Provisional IRA may have murdered her.

At the time, he told RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke program that the American student met the IRA man, to whom he gave a fictional name Manus Dunne, at Johnnie Fox’s pub in Glencullen in the Dublin mountains.

Mr Bailey said he “started bragging about different exploits,” colleagues said before he “realized the sheer magnitude of what he had done.”

The retired detective wrote that Manus offered a lift to the city, but “drove her up into the mountains where he killed her and hid her body behind some bushes.”

He said the information from a “very reliable source” was a story that “should be checked out.”

Meanwhile, in 2018, police in Ireland began investigating whether a married father of two who was murdered after murdering a student had been involved in the murder of Annie.

Mark Hennessy, 40, was killed by officers hunting for missing Jastine Valdez, 24, near Dublin on Sunday before her body was discovered.

Garda sources told the Irish Times that Hennessy’s DNA profile would be checked for historical and recent disappearances to see if he is a serial killer.

As part of that review, agents investigated the infamous Vanishing Triangle cases from the 1990s, in which a string of young women disappeared without a trace over the course of five years to see if Hennnessy could be responsible.

Victims include Annie McCarrick alongside Fiona Pender, Deirdre Jacob, Jo Jo Dullard, Fiona Sinnott, Eva Brennan and Ciara Breen.

Hennessy is said to have been only 16 years old when Annie disappeared in 1993, but her case is still included in the review.

Ireland’s disappearing triangle

In 1993, American-born Annie McCarrick disappeared during her stay in Dublin. Her case was the first of several cases to become known as the vanishing triangle disappearances.

In any case, a young or middle-aged woman suddenly disappeared from the eastern part of Ireland and no trace of it was ever found.

The police officially linked six of the disappearances and launched a joint investigation called Operation Trace in 1998, before the crimes ended.

All six of those cases are re-examined with Hennessy as a potential suspect. The women are:

1. Annie McCarrick. Born in New York in 1966, she lived there until moving to Ireland in 1987. The moment she disappeared, she lived in the Dublin area.

The last confirmed sighting of her was in Enniskerry. McCarrick was later reported to drink in a pub in Glencullen with a man who has never been identified. Nothing has been heard from her since.

2. Jo Jo Dullard. Born in Callan in 1974, Jo Jo also lived in Dublin around the time of her disappearance. She traveled from Dublin to Callan in July 1993 when she disappeared.

Jo Jo called from a phone booth in Moone and witnesses said she was later seen on the back of a dark-colored Toyota talking to someone inside. The car and the driver were never tracked down. She remains missing.

3. Fiona Pender. A lifelong resident of Tullamore, where she was born in 1971, Fiona went missing in August 1996 while seven months pregnant.

She was last seen when she left the house by her boyfriend. In 2008, a small cross with her name was found along The Slieve Bloom Way, but her body has never been found.

4. Fiona Sinnott. Fiona was born in Rosslare and lived on nearby Broadway when she disappeared in 1998 at the age of 19. She was the mother of an eleven month old.

The last confirmed sighting of her was in a pub with friends, which she left around midnight, accompanied by ex-partner Sean Carroll, her daughter’s father. He says he slept on her couch, and when he left the next morning she was in bed planning a trip to the doctor.

5. Ciara Breen. She lived with her mother in Dundalk when she disappeared in 1998 at the age of 17. Her mom remembers going to bed around midnight before going to the bathroom at 2am and finding Ciara away.

Ciara’s window was open and held on to the bolt, suggesting she intended to return, but never did.

6. Deidre Jacob. The Newbridge resident was studying in Twickenham, London, when she disappeared, but had returned home before the summer.

She was noticed by several witnesses within meters of her parents’ house, but never came home.

A seventh case, which is not included in Operation Trace but is often referred to in addition to the disappearances, is that of Eva Brennan.

Eva disappeared in July 1993, shortly after a family lunch in Terenure, Dublin. She was depressed before disappearing.

She was known for visiting her parents every day, but didn’t show up the next two times, so her father went to her house and found her. She has not been seen since.

Suspects

None of the women from the vanishing triangle have ever been found, so investigators have very little evidence to link the crimes, save the geographic area, and the sudden disappearance.

A potential suspect touted in the past was Larry Murphy, who was jailed for the rape and attempted murder of a young woman in Carlow in 2001.

Murphy had kidnapped the woman, put her in the trunk of his car, and took her to the Wicklow Mountains, where she was repeatedly raped.

He then tried to strangle the victim to death, but two hunters came to the scene, rescuing the woman and helping to identify Murphy as the attacker, leading to his arrest.

Murphy has been questioned about the Vanishing Triangle cases, but has always denied being associated with any of these.

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