Deirdre Jacob murder: how do you solve a 20-year-old crime?

The case has been reclassified as murder amid new information, but gardaí face obstacles

Gardaí release CCTV footage that captures the last seen footage of Deirdre Jacob. The disappearance of Deirdre Jacob has been upgraded from a missing persons inquiry to a murder investigation. Video: An Garda Síochána

Some time ago a man came forward and told gardaí the criminal now regarded as the chief suspect for the 1998 murder of Deirdre Jacob had made a drunken confession to him.

That confession, the witness said, suggested the suspect snatched the 18-year-old student teacher from the roadside in a sexually motivated attack.

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