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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Army drafted into search for missing Fiona Sinnott

By David tucker

Army personnel hunt for clues at the house in Commodore Barry Park, Rosslare.
Army personnel hunt for clues at the house in Commodore Barry Park, Rosslare.
Members of the Army Corps of Engineers in the garden of the house during the search.
Fiona Sinnott.

THE ARMY has been drafted into the hunt for clues to the disappearance of Fiona Sinnott 19 years ago.

Last week, members of the Army Corp of Engineers joined gardai examining the rear garden of a house in Commodore Barry Park in Rosslare as part of their investigations into the fate of the missing teenager.

Last Wednesday's examination, which involved the use of a type of ground penetrating radar to see if there were any 'anomalies' below the surface, lasted a few hours.

The results of the scanning operation are still being analysed.

Chief Supt John Roche said it was more of a survey than a search and it was the first time the army, with their specialised equipment, has been called in to the Fiona Sinnott investigation.

He said the results of other forensic searches of the cottage in which Fiona lived with her then 11-month-old daughter 'were still being awaited from the technical bureau'.

The address in Commodore Barry Park where the army survey took place is said to have once been rented from the local authority by a local man who left the house sometime in 1998.

Fiona disappeared after leaving Butler's Pub in Broadway on her way home to Ballyhit shortly after midnight on February 8, 1998.

Gardai have been conducting door-to-door interviews at addresses, including in Commodore Barry Park, along routes in the south of the county that the missing Bridgetown woman could have taken.

Supt Roche said more door-to-door enquiries were being carried out at addresses in Our Lady's Island and in Rosslare.

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