Two men are being treated as suspects by Gardaí investigating the murder of Annie McCarrick.
Irish Daily Star crime correspondent Michael O'Toole told Pat Kenny the two men “would have connections and knowledge of the Dublin 4 area.”
Ms McCarrick, who was from Long Island, New York, went missing in 1993 aged 26.
She lived in Sandymount and worked as a waitress in Donnybrook and on Leeson Street.
“Gardaí are now very much focusing on the Sandymount, Dublin 4 area, and they believe that is where the answer lies to the mystery of Annie McCarrick,” Mr O’Toole said.
In March the investigation had been upgraded from a missing persons case to a murder case.
“That was a result of the Serious Crime Review Team … [they] looked at it and made recommendations,” he said.
“The investigating team is based at Irishtown in south central Dublin, and that's where Ms McCarrick lived.”
Mr O’Toole said the investigation had previously been focused on Enniskerry, due to a sighting of Ms McCarrick on a bus, and in Johnnie Fox’s Pub in Glencullen.
“It is now moved back to Sandymount … we know that she was spotted in the AIB bank in Sandymount on Friday 26th of March 1993, and that's the last confirmed sighting of her,” he said.
Mr O’Toole said the two suspects are still alive and were in their “early to mid-20s” at the time of Ms McCarrick’s disappearance.
“Roughly around the same age as Ms McCarrick when she disappeared,” he said.
“It is ratcheting up the investigation several notches, and it is a very big thing for Gardaí to turn a missing persons case into a murder case.”
The Irish Mirror has reported that the suspects are reported to be brothers and are successful in property.
“We don't know exactly what evidence the Guards have against these men or what information they have,” said Mr O’Toole.
“But it is a murder case, and these two men are very much the focus.”
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