GARDAÍ investigating the murder of Deirdre Jacob are continuing to examine the involvement of convicted rapist Larry Murphy.
It was reported this week that gardaí are travelling to the UK, where Murphy resides ,to interview him as part of the investigation in the murder of the young Newbridge woman.
18-year-old Deirdre went missing, on 28 July 1998, and was last seen at the gates to her family bungalow on a country road at Roseberry, outside Newbridge.
It’s believed that gardai have already intervewed a prisoner who claims Murphy drunkenly confessed to abducting Deirdre seven years ago but re interviewed him recently after the investigation was reclassified from missing to murder.
It was reported that after Deirdre’s grandmother passed away Larry Murphy’sname was found on a cheque-book stub among her possessions but Deirdre’s father Michael Jacob said this wasn’t the case.
Murphy’sname and telephone number were found written down on paper among Bernadette’s mother’s possessions.
The couple said they believed Deirdre’s grandmother wrote down Murphy’s name and number after he visited her shop and other retail outlets in the region when he was trying to sell hand-crafted children’s toys he had made himself.
However, gardaí are understood to have received “significant” new information from other sources since they announced during the summer that they are treating Deirdre’s disappearance as murder.
The prisoner alleges that a drunk Larry Murphy boasted about abducting a woman outside Newbridge.