Gardaí begin search operation in Louth as part of Saoirse Smyth murder investigation
Saoirse Smyth has been missing since 2017.
Gardaí have today begun a search operation in the forested areas of Omeath, Louth, in connection with the disappearance of Belfast woman Saoirse Smyth.
Smyth went missing from Belfast in April 2017, and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) believes that she was murdered.
Today's search is conducted by Detectives from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI), supported by the Louth Divisional Search Team, Garda Technical Bureau, specialist Forensic Archaeologist and specialist Cadaver Search dogs. The PSNI will also assist in the operation.
Omeath is roughly 20km from Northern Ireland.
This is the second time Gardaí have provided assistance in the investigation, having previously assisted in carrying out a technical examination of a house in the Omeath area in July of last year.
An Garda Síochána is further asking anyone who has any information in relation to the murder/disappearance of Smyth to contact the incident room in Dundalk Garda Station at 042 9388470 or the Garda Confidential Phone line at 1800 666 111.