'Like they stepped off the face of the Earth' - Mystery of missing Cork couple 32 years on

Conor and Sheila Dwyer, both aged in their 60s at the time, disappeared without a trace 32 years ago from Fermoy
Jack Quann
Jack Quann

10.42 3 May 2023

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'Like they stepped off the fac...

'Like they stepped off the face of the Earth' - Mystery of missing Cork couple 32 years on

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

10.42 3 May 2023

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The mystery surrounding a missing Cork couple, last seen in 1991, is no closer to being solved.

Conor and Sheila Dwyer disappeared without a trace 32 years ago from Fermoy.

They were last seen at St Patrick's Church in the town on April 30th 1991.


Some days later Gardaí were notified that the couple were missing.

They went to the Dwyer home and found the house secure, with all personal items - such as clothes, passports and money - still there.

However their car - a white Toyota Cressida, with registration number '5797 ZT' - was not at the house and has never been found.

Their bank accounts were also never subsequently accessed.

The couple were aged in their early 60s when they went missing.

Irish Independent southern correspondent Ralph Riegel told The Pat Kenny Show the fact that they both disappeared is unusual.

"We do have people that vanish, sadly it's quite commonplace within society," he said.

"In this particular incident, to have two people in their 60s - ordinary people, they had lived quite routine lives - it literally is as if they stepped off the face of the Earth.

"They were last seen going to a funeral in the town of Fermoy in Co Cork.

"They lived within sight of St Patrick's Church in Fermoy... they would have walked to church.

"Mr Dwyer drove a white Toyota Cressida car, quite a distinctive vehicle at the time.

"They were seen going to this funeral, Mrs Dwyer talked to her sister I think it was the following day.

"Then there was no contact".


Mr Riegel said family members raised the alarm after not hearing from the couple for several days, with their two adult sons working overseas at the time.

"Gardaí went to the property, the Toyota car wasn't there," he said.

"When Gardaí gained access to the property, what makes the disappearance so bizzare, is their bank details were there, their passports were there, suitcases, all of their clothing.

"There was no indication they had packed for any type of trip, there was no indication that anyone had broken into the house... but the car was gone.

"From that day until now there has been no trace".

'Tracing the car'

Mr Riegel said several sightings have been reported over the years.

"There have been a number of sightings investigated; Gardaí believe they were well-intentioned, but mistaken," he said.

"One of which, actually, was in Germany.

"So despite numerous appeals, despite an elaborate recreation of their last movements, there's not been any inkling of what happened to them.

"Gardaí had really pinned all of their hopes on tracing the car.

"If they could have found the car, if they could have even found parts of the car, it might have given some area to focus their investigation on.

"But from that day until now, there's been no trace," he added.

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Anyone with information on this case can contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111.

Main image: Sheila and Conor Dwyer. Picture by: An Garda Síochana

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