Jo Jo Dullard case upgraded to murder investigation 25 years after disappearance
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The Garda investigation into missing Kilkenny woman Josephine ‘Jo Jo’ Dullard has been upgraded to a murder investigation.
The woman vanished without a trace on November 9, 1995.
Jo Jo Dullard had missed the last direct bus from Dublin to Kilkenny so hitchhiked to Naas instead.© Provided by Extra.ie
The Jo Jo Dullard case has been upgraded to a murder investigation. Pic: Crimestoppers Trust/PA Wire
She later phoned her friend from a public phonebox to tell her she was hitching a lift from Moone, Co Kildare, to her home in Callan, Co Kilkenny.
This is the last time that her friends or family heard from her. It is believed that when she was phoning her friend, a car stopped for her.
Gardai said that a short time later, a woman similar to Ms Dullard’s description was seen leaning in the door or a dark coloured Toyota Carina.© Provided by Extra.ie Jo Jo
Dullard was just 21-years-old when she went missing from Moone, Co Kildare. Pic: Collect
It has now been suggested that the disappearance of Jo Jo Dullard has been upgraded to a murder investigation.
It is understood that the case was upgraded following an examination by the Serious Crime Review Team.
Gardai are expected to launch a fresh appeal for information about Jo Jo Dullard’s disappearance and murder this Monday.© Provided by Extra.ie
Ms Dullard phoned a friend from a phonebooth in Co Kildare. She then vanished without a trace. Pic: Photocall Ireland
Ms Dulard was described as 5’4″ in height with a medium build and dark shoulder-length hair.
The Dullard family launched a fresh appeal for information about Jo Jo’s disappearance last year.
Her sister, Kathleen Bergin, and her family were driving forces behind Operation Trace.© Provided by Extra.ie
The Dullard family have repeatedly appealed for information about the missing 21-year-old. Pic: Photocall Ireland
This was set up by former Garda Commissioner Pat Byrne in 1998 to investigate the cases of six young women who disappeared from the Leinster area over a five-year period.
Taking to Facebook in November 2019, Ms Bergin shared a number of pictures of her sister as she implored anyone with information to come forward.
She wrote: ‘Can you see her? She is 5’4” in height, medium build with dark shoulder-length hair. She zips up her black jacket and puts her black rucksack on her back, and proceeds to look for another way home. Can you see her?’