Search continues for missing woman Jastine Valdez

A man was shot dead by gardaí during an operation on Sunday

Updated: 12.55

Potential evidence has been taken from a site where gardaí are searching for missing woman Jastine Valdez.

Gardai are concentrating their efforts on a wooded area in Rathmichael, south Dublin where the 24-year-old’s purse and identification card were found.

The Army and Civil Defence Forces are assisting in the search.

It is understood gardaí have been searching the area after studying the suspect's car computer.

Gardaí are looking to speak to any persons who may have seen suspicious activity in the area of Puckscastle Lane and Kiltiernan Lead Mines in Rathmichael, from 6.00pm on Saturday to 8.00pm Sunday.

The search is continuing for the student - originally from the Philippines - who has been missing since the weekend.

A suspect in the case, Mark Hennessy, was shot dead by gardaí on Sunday evening at Cherrywood in south Dublin.

Mark Hennessy | Image: Facebook/Mark Hennessy

Hennessy, who was believed to be armed with a knife, was from Wicklow and married with children.

Jastine was reported missing by her parents following a report of a woman being forced into a car near Enniskerry on Saturday evening.

According to gardaí, the report of her 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.

Jastine's mobile phone was later found at the side of the road.

Emergency services next to a Nissan Qashqai (centre) at a business park in the Cherrywood area of Dublin where a man was shot as gardaí search for missing woman Jastine Valdez | Image: Peter Varga/PA Wire/PA Images

Gardaí are particularly appealing for information on or sightings and movement of a black Nissan Qashqai - registration 171 D 20419 - between 5.00pm on the Saturday and 8.00pm on Sunday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Bray garda station 01-6665300 the Garda Confidential Line at 1800-666-111 or any garda station.

The driver, Hennessy, was shot during a garda operation and brought to St Vincent's Hospital, where he later died.

A garda helicopter, cars, support units, and ambulances were at the scene of the shooting at the business park.

As per protocol, GSOC has been notified of the incident and a team has been sent to the scene.

The search is continuing for Jastine.

Searches are underway at Rathmichael in south Dublin | Image: Stephanie Grogan

It is believed the abduction was completely random and she did not know the man involved.

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.

With reporting by Stephanie Grogan and Jack Quann