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Chief suspect DPP sent file that may link rapist Larry Murphy to missing woman Deirdre Jacob

Ms Jacob's disappearance was treated officially by gardaí as a missing persons case until August 2018, when it was upgraded to a murder investigation.

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Larry Murphy

Larry Murphy

Larry Murphy

OUTSIDE advice was sought by the Director of Public Prosecutions on a Garda file linking convicted rapist Larry Murphy to the disappearance and murder of Deirdre Jacob.

Earlier this year, the DPP sent a Garda file relating to the murder of the teenage trainee schoolteacher to a specialist barrister for a "second opinion."

In August, sources told sundayworld.com that the long-running investigation was at an "absolutely critical point now" as the specialist legal opinion was eagerly awaited.

Murphy (56) is understood to be based in London and if the DPP decides he has a case to answer, gardaí will seek his extradition.

Ms Jacob's disappearance was treated officially by gardaí as a missing persons case until August 2018, when it was upgraded to a murder investigation.

One of Ireland's most feared criminals, and the chief suspect in the case, Murphy, from Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, was convicted in 2001 of kidnapping, repeatedly raping and attempting to murder a young woman in the Wicklow mountains in February 2000.

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Deirdre Jacob

Deirdre Jacob

Deirdre Jacob

He was released in 2010 after serving 10 years, mainly in Arbour Hill Prison. Another inmate in the jail has told gardaí Murphy confessed to murdering Ms Jacob while serving that sentence.

Murphy is also considered a person of interest in the investigation into the disappearance and murder of Jo Jo Dullard.

Locals told the Sunday World this week that Murphy was known to drink in a bar in Moone around the time Jo Jo disappeared.

Retired investigator Alan Bailey, who served 13 years as co-ordinator of 'Operation Trace' and investigated the cases of six missing women in the Leinster area, said he has no doubt Murphy was capable of killing.

"Was he capable? Certainly," Mr Bailey said.

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November will mark the twenty fifth anniversary of the disappearance of Jo Jo Dollard.

November will mark the twenty fifth anniversary of the disappearance of Jo Jo Dollard.

November will mark the twenty fifth anniversary of the disappearance of Jo Jo Dollard.

"Larry Murphy was considered a person of interest by Operation Trace. We went up to interview him in Arbour Hill early on in his sentence and he refused to be interviewed.

"Point blank, he refused to talk to us."

Mr Bailey said the dig site this week would be in an area Murphy was very familiar with. "It is close to his stomping ground in Baltinglass.

"The profile we worked off for Larry, if he was responsible, was that he would have buried his victims in an area he would have had access to.

"Because he would have been reliving his actions by revisiting the sites where he buried his victims."

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