Gardaí to investigate if Jastine Valdez murderer is linked to missing Offaly woman Fiona Pender

DNA will be crosschecked by gardaí

Lynda Kiernan

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Gardaí to investigate if Jastine Valdez murderer is linked to missing Offaly woman Fiona Pender

Pregnant Tullamore woman Fiona Pender went missing in August 1996

Gardaí are to investigate if there is any link between the suspected murderer of Jastine Valdez, and other long-term missing women in the Leinster area.

Among those is Fiona Pender from Tullamore in Offaly, who was seven months pregnant when she disappeared in August 1996. 

Jastine Valdez was abducted as she walked home near Ennniskerry in Wicklow on Saturday, May 19.

Her suspected killer, Mark Hennessy, 40, was shot dead on by Gardaí at the Cherrywood Business Park on Sunday night, May 20.

On Monday, May 21, they discovered the body of Jastine Valdez hidden in dense bushes.

The results of her post mortem are awaited today.

The news that Gardaí will investigate any possible links to the other missing women from Leinster was announced on RTE's radio show Morning Ireland this morning. It was also reported by the Irish Times on Tuesday. 

"As this is a live ongoing investigation many lines of enquiry are being investigated," a garda source told the Offaly Express on Tuesday.

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