Concern for 24-year-old who disappeared in Wicklow
A man has died after being shot by gardaí searching for missing student Jastine Valdez.
24-year-old Jastine – who is originally from the Phillipines - was reported missing by her parents following a report of a woman being forced into a car near Enniskerry in Co Wicklow on Saturday evening.
Gardaí believe the abduction was random and the driver did not know the victim.
People were warned not to approach the suspected car involved - a Nissan Qashqai.
At around 8pm Sunday, the car was spotted at Cherrywood in Dublin.
The driver – who it’s believed was armed with a knife - was shot during a Garda operation.
He was brought to St Vincent's Hospital.
He has since died.
It’s understood he was from Co Wicklow and married with children.
The 171 D Nissan Qashqui that had been at the centre of an earlier appeal has been located at the scene of the shooting.
The scene has been preserved - with a strong Garda presence in attendance.
As per protocol, GSOC has been notified of the incident and a team has been sent to the scene.
Local people were stunned by the turn of events.
The search is now continuing for Jastine.
Earlier, a Garda briefing in Bray revealed they were extremely concerned for Ms Valdez' safety.
They gave information of a vehicle they were searching for but warned the public not to approach it.
Briefing the media in Bray on Saturday evening, Garda Superintendent Paul Hogan advised the public not to approach the vehicle if they saw it - but to ring Gardai immediately on 999 or 112.
According to gardaí, the report of Jastine's disappearance followed an earlier incident near Enniskerry on Saturday evening.
Shortly after 6.15pm, Gardaí received a report of a female pedestrian being forced into a car on the R760 south of the village.
The scene of the reported incident was preserved, with traffic restrictions in place. And Jastine's mobile phone was later located at the side of the road.
Gardai are continuing to appeal for any information on Jastine, including anyone who saw the vehicle at the centre of the search anytime between Saturday evening and 8pm on Sunday.
Jastine is described as being around 5ft in height, of slight build with long black hair and brown eyes.
When last seen, she was wearing a dark coloured jacket, white t-shirt, grey leggings and runners.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Bray Garda Station 01-666-5300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.
Reporting by Stephen McNeice, Stephanie Grogan and Teena Gates