Ciara Breen has been missing since February 1997
A man in his 50s has been arrested this morning in connection with the disappearance of Dundalk teenager Ciara Breen in February 1997.
The then 17-year-old went missing from her home in Bachelor’s Walk on the night of February 12th 1997 and hasn’t been seen since.
However, Gardaí confirmed late last year that two people had recently come forward with historical sightings of Ciara. Following a renewed appeal for information before Christmas, further people came forward with information, with an anonymous letter about her disappearance being sent to Gardaí.
The man was detained in the Dundalk area and has been taken to Drogheda Garda Station for questioning.
Speaking on an episode of RTE’s Crimecall, Ciara’s mother Bernadette revealed the heart-breaking final words she shared with the missing teenager at their home at Bachelor’s Walk.
“She said ‘Goodnight’ and I said ‘Goodnight pet, I love you’. And she goes ‘Mammy, don’t worry about anything, I love you, I’ll see you in the morning’.
“I said, ‘Sleep tight sweetheart, see you tomorrow’. They were the last words we spoke.”
Speaking to the Sunday World, Bernadette added: “I had one, just one little girl – my heart, my soul, my world – and just like that she was gone.
“I think she went out the front door and left the window off the latch to get back in. I sat the whole night waiting for her to come back.”
When last seen, Ciara was wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans, a wine-coloured sweatshirt and a white t-shirt.
Anyone with information can contact Dundalk Garda station on 042 9388400, or Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111.