Family appeals to taxi driver to make contact in search for missing woman


THE FAMILY of missing woman Bláthnaid Timothy have joined gardaí in appealing for help from a taxi driver who was the last known person to see her before she disappeared.

Ms Timothy (33) used her ATM card to withdraw €60 at the National Irish Bank on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay on Dublin’s south quays at 8pm on Tuesday, December 14th, eight days ago.

CCTV footage from the scene shows her getting into a taxi across the street, which may have been a black Mercedes.

Ms Timothy, a successful executive who had worked for Coca-Cola and KPMG, is from Glenamaddy, Co Galway but is living in Dublin, sharing a flat at Smith Hall on Camden Street.

About 40 family members and friends have been distributing leaflets with her photograph and details across the city centre in targeted areas and at taxi ranks.

Her brother Ronan Timothy said yesterday that “we’re having a big push today to try and locate the taxi because tomorrow people start leaving Dublin for Christmas and the dynamic changes.

“Our expectation was, and we may have been a bit naive in thinking, that once we got the footage things would move very quickly. Unfortunately nothing has changed. They still have not located this taxi driver.”

He said that “the full resources of Harcourt Terrace Garda station are being used and they have drafted in extra gardaí to assist. They have been fantastic, and taxi drivers have been contacted at the different companies.

“We want to talk to as many taxi drivers as possible, and particularly foreign national taxi drivers because they might not have been listening to the radio or reading the papers and might not know,” he said.

He added that “we’ve e-mailed the flyer to as many people as possible and it’s on Facebook”.

“The key thing is to get this taxi driver and to find out where he left her. Everything else is speculation. Until we do that we’re at a standstill.”

Ms Timothy is described in the leaflet as being 167.6cm (5ft 6in) tall, of thin build and pale complexion, with medium length dark brown hair and blue eyes. She was wearing a three-quarter length black wool coat, grey jeans and a black and red scarf when last seen.

Anybody with information is asked to contact Harcourt Terrace Garda station on 01-6669500.