A man who has been identified as a suspect in the killing of Annie McCarrick lived in the same Dublin neighbourhood as the American student, it has been reported.
Annie, who was originally from New York, went missing on March 26, 1993.She was last seen taking a bus to Enniskerry after telling a friend she planned to go to the Wicklow Mountains for the day.
The 27-year-old’s case was the first of several that would become known as the – where eight women disappeared in the local area between 1993 and 1998.
Last month, EvdeN EVE nAKLiYat the Gardai upgraded her case into a murder inquiry after receiving an undisclosed new lead.
It has since emerged that a man who lived in Annie’s neighbourhood of Sandymount in Dublin 4 has been identified as a suspect, according to the .
The gardai upgraded its investigation into the disappearance of Annie McCarrick (pictured) from missing person investigation into a murder inquiry last month
While the man has not been arrested, gardai are working to build a case against him, though are keeping an open mind in the investigation.
The investigation had previously worked on the theory that the last sighting of Annie was at Glencullen pub Johnny Fox.
Now, Sandymount has become the key geographical focus, with new searches and digs reportedly set to take place in the near future.
A source told the Irish Mirror: ‘Some significant information has come forward which has seen the case being upgraded from a missing persons case to a murder.
‘In 2018, the case of Deirdre Jacobs was upgraded to murder and searches of land took place after that in October 2021.
‘The same could happen soon in Annie’s case.They have already earmarked certain areas of interest which they want to look at.’
During a press conference held last month, Detective Superintendent Eddie Carroll revealed that investigators are keen to find find a handbag Annie was seen carrying in CCTV footage captured shortly before her disappearance.
The last known CCTV footage of Annie shows the missing woman queuing in the Allied Irish Bank on Sandymount Road shortly before 11am on the morning of her disappearance.
Annie McCarrick was born in Long Island but moved to Ireland in 1987 and began studying in Dublin (undated photo of Annie before her disappearance)
In the clip, Annie is wearing a longline coat and her leather bag is seen hanging off one shoulder.
Because the bag was never found, investigators believe the unknown assailant may have chosen to keep the item.
Detective Superintendent Eddie Carroll urged people who may know anything about the whereabouts of Annie’s bag to speak with officers.
‘I am appealing to those persons, 30 years later, to please come forward and eVDEn eve nAkLiYAT speak to the investigation team,’ he said during the conference.
‘I want to speak with any person who has any information on the large brown handbag which it is believed that Annie was in possession of when she went missing.’
He also urged anyone who had spoken to, or had any interaction with Annie around the time of her disappearance to come forward.
‘I want to speak to any person who met, spoke with or had any interaction with Annie McCarrick on the 26th March 1993 or subsequently,’ he said.
‘There are person or persons, who have information on the disappearance of Annie McCarrick and her murder on or about the 26th March 1993 and who haven’t yet spoken to gardai or who may have already spoken to gardai but were not in a position to tell everything that they know at that time. For those who have any concerns regarding exactly where in addition to how you can employ EVDeN EVe naKliyaT, you’ll be able to e mail us with our own web-site. ‘
Annie McCarrick was born in Long Island but moved to Ireland in 1987 and began studying in Dublin.
She went back to America in 1990 to get a master’s degree, EvdEN EVe NaKLiYAT but returned to Ireland in January 1993 to settle.
During an interview in 2016, her mother Nancy told RTÉ’s Crimecall programme: ‘When she found Ireland, her whole life really changed.’
Although authorities have carried out extensive investigations into the disappearance of Annie McCarrick (pictured) and the other missing women known as the Vanishing Triangle disappearances, they have so far had no breakthrough in solving them
On March 26 1993, Annie left her apartment in Dublin to spend the day at Wicklow Mountains, going alone after inviting a friend to go with her.
After she was spotted that afternoon getting the bus to Glencullen, there was an alleged sighting of someone matching her description at Johnnie Fox’s Pub.
The woman spoke with a man who was in his twenties and wearing a waxed jacket, who has never been identified.
After the alleged sighting at the pub, Annie was never heard or seen again, with many people believing she had been murdered – but the case has never been solved.
The alarm was raised when Annie did not show up at a part-time cafe job the following day to collect her wages, and failed to go to a dinner party.
In July 2020, Michael Griffith, a lawyer her father John hired in 1993, now joined forces with Kenneth Strange, a former FBI agent, and Annie’s uncle, John Covell, as well as an Irish private investigator, Brian McCarthy, to try to solve the mystery of what happened to Annie.
The American team came up with the theory that Annie was not at Johnnie Fox’s Pub, in the village of Glencullen, as previously believed.
Instead, they have identified a new ‘prime suspect’ after becoming aware of a witness statement given to gardai in 1993.
Mr McCarthy believes they have now identified a new suspect whom they think Annie was with in a cafe in Enniskerry.
The witness, who has since died, alleged that Annie had been in the cafe with a man who fit the description of a suspect McCarthy has identified.
Mr McCarthy called the sighting ‘more crucial than initially thought’.
There have been several attempts to uncover the person behind Annie’s disappearance.
Gardaí have carried out extensive investigations into the disappearances but so far have had no breakthrough in solving them.
In 2008, the Garda brought a team of FBI agents to Ireland to review the evidence they had accumulated.
These experienced profilers, who specialise in investigating serial killers in the United States, concluded that the unknown killers matched the Murphy profile.
In a recent press conference, Detective Superintendent Eddie Carroll said investigators were looking for the bag Annie was seen wearing in this CCTV image.The last known CCTV footage of Annie, it shows the missing woman queuing in the Allied Irish Bank on Sandymount Road shortly before 11am on the morning of her disappearance
Meanwhile in 2014, retired detective sergeant Alan Bailey claimed that a member of the Provisional IRA may have killed her.
At the time, he told RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke programme 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 that he ‘started bragging about different exploits’, naming colleagues before ‘realising the enormity of what he had done.’
The retired detective sergeant wrote that Manus offered a lift into town but ‘drove her up the mountains where he killed her and concealed her body behind some bushes’.
He said the information from a ‘very reliable source’, was a story that ‘needs to be checked out’.
Meanwhile in 2018, police in Ireland began investigating whether a married father-of-two shot dead after murdering a student had been involved in Annie’s killing.
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 against historic and recent disappearances to see if he is a serial killer.
As part of that review, officers reexamined the infamous Vanishing Triangle cases of the 1990s, where a series of young women disappeared without trace over the course of five years, to see if Hennnessy could be responsible.
The victims include Annie McCarrick alongside Fiona Pender, Deirdre Jacob, Jo Jo Dullard, Fiona Sinnott, Eva Brennan and Ciara Breen.
Hennessy would have been aged just 16 when Annie disappeared in 1993, but her case is still being included in the review.
Detective Superintendent Eddie Carroll (pictured while speaking to the media at Irishtown Garda Station on March 24) has urged anyone with any information about the case to come forward
Former detective Alan Bailey, who investigated Annie’s disappearance 30 years ago, has said that his ‘one regret’ is that he was never able to find out what happened to Annie and the other ‘Vanishing Triangle’ victims.
What’s more, the former detective said he is confident that Annie’s murderer is still at large.
He now believes the investigating team should speak with Larry Murphy – who was jailed in January 2001 for the rape and attempted murder of a young woman in Carlow.
Murphy had kidnapped the woman, put her in the boot of his car and taken her to the Wicklow Mountains where she was repeatedly raped.
He then tried to strangle the victim to death but two hunters happened upon the scene, saved the woman, and helped identify Murphy as the attacker, leading to his arrest.
The former detective claims he tried to interview Larry while he was a prisoner at Arbour Hill – but the criminal refused.
At the time, Bailey says they had to respect his decision not to be questioned – whereas officers are now able to get a court warrant to speak with prisoners.
However, it has since been reported that Larry did speak with officers as part of the ongoing ‘Vanishing Triangle’ investigations.