A man who lived in the same area in Dublin 4 as Annie McCarrick has been identified as a suspect in her murder.
The man is said to have lived in Sandymount at the time the young American was killed on or about March 26, 1993.
He has not been arrested and sources said there are no plans to bring him in yet as Gardaí continues to build a case against him.
It is not known if he and Ms McCarrick knew each other, and Gardaí stressed last night that they are still “very open-minded” in their murder investigation.
“There is a list of people who are interested in this case and this person is a person of great importance,” said a source.
Earlier this week, the Irish independent revealed that the main geographic focus of the study is the
Sandymount area in south Dublin.
This is where Mrs McCarrick was last seen, at the Allied Irish Bank on March 26, 1993.
Gardaí has released the last known image of her – a grainy shot taken by a CCTV camera at that location.
Sources believe detectives paid “way too much attention” to reported sightings of her in Enniskerry village and Johnnie Fox’s pub in the aftermath of the sighting at the bank.
“The firm belief is that the key to solving this case is in the south of Dublin, specifically in the Sandymount area where Annie lived, and not anywhere else,” said a source.
It has been emphasized that it is a complex investigation and “everything is still being looked at”.
Last week, gardaí officially upgraded their missing persons investigation to Ms Mc-
Carrick’s disappearance to a murder investigation and issued a public appeal for information.
While convicted rapist Larry Murphy, a longtime suspect in this case, has not been ruled out as a person of interest, sources said Gardaí believe he is not “top of the list”.
“Nothing can be ruled out, of course, but this investigation is now moving in a certain direction,” said a source.
“There have been significant developments that cannot be disclosed now.”
Murphy has been linked to other missing persons cases, including the murders of Deirdre Jacob in 1998 and Jo Jo Dullard in 1995.
However, the suspect in South Dublin’s Annie McCarrick case has never before come to the attention of the media.
regarding those matters.
Ms. McCarrick, of Long Island, New York, was 27 when she was last seen alive. She then lived in Sandymount and worked in Dublin city centre.
It was believed that shortly after her picture was taken at the AIB at Sandymount, Mrs. McCarrick boarded a bus to Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, to go for a walk, but she never returned.
However, there is “considerable doubt” that the bus trip ever took place.
Ms McCarrick’s father, John, died in 2009 without knowing what happened to his daughter.
Her mother, Nancy, lives on Long Island and was recently visited by senior Garda detectives.
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To date, detectives have discovered and collected more than 5,000 documents and reports, taken more than 300 evidence statements, and preserved several pieces of evidence.
On the morning of her disappearance, Mrs. McCarrick spoke to her housemates before leaving separately to travel home that weekend.
She arrived at the AIB on Sandymount Road at 11am and also made arrangements with friends and invited them to dinner the following day.
However, on the evening of March 27, her friends became concerned for her well-being.
She was not home for the arranged dinner and had not shown up for work.
Groceries bought the previous morning were left unwrapped in shopping bags.
She was reported missing the following day, a report confirmed by her mother, who arrived in Dublin two days later.
Last week, the officer leading the investigation, Detective Eddie Carroll, said: “I want to speak to everyone who met, talked to, or had any interaction with Annie McCarrick on March 26, 1993 or later.
“There is a person or persons who have information about Annie McCarrick’s disappearance and her murder, and who have not yet spoken to Gardaí or may have already spoken to Gardaí, but were unable to tell all they had at the time. know. that time.
“I want to speak to anyone who has information about the large brown handbag that Annie is believed to have had when she went missing. “I appeal to those individuals, 30 years later, to please come forward and talk to the embers investigation team.
“The primary focus of this investigation is the victim, Annie McCarrick, and her family.
“Annie’s father, John, passed away without knowing what happened to his daughter.
“Annie’s mother, Nancy, deserves to know the truth – she deserves to know what happened to her daughter. She waits 30 years for those answers.
“I and the investigative team are determined to collect all available information and evidence to find those answers and bring this case to a positive conclusion.”