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Renewed searches for doctor who disappeared in 2009

AN Garda Síochána have commenced a land search and excavation in the Milford District in relation to a Tyrone woman who vanished a decade ago.

Dr Deirdre O’Flaherty from Ballymagorry outside Strabane disappeared from an isolated beach at Kinnego Bay on January 11 2009. She had been staying with her husband and children at their nearby holiday home. Despite an extensive air and sea search, the mother-of-three’s body was never found.

In 2013 a High Court judge in Belfast used new legislation to declare the 46-year-old dead.

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Announcing a new round of searches for the missing medic, Gardai said this morning, “The search forms part of a missing person investigation. An Garda Síochána are liaising closely with the relevant family and a Garda family liaison officer has been appointed.

“The search will be carried out by members of the Donegal Divisional Search Team and Garda Technical Bureau along with private contractors and is expected to last up to five days.

“This development continues to form part of a Missing Person investigation and there is no change of status regarding same. An update will be provided when the search is completed.”

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