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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Missing woman 'drugged, raped and murdered' just weeks after 'starting new life'

A woman who's been missing for more than five months was drugged, raped and murdered, detectives believe.

Giedre Raguckaite's body hasn't been found since she was last seen on May 29 and police have launched a search at a house where she may have been killed.

The 29-year-old had moved to Ireland from Lithuania to start a new life but police suspect she met a violent end just a few weeks later.

It is thought that two suspects took her body from the house and drove it away in a stolen vehicle before dumping it somewhere, the Irish Mirror reports.

Gardai searched a house in Laytown, Co Meath, in connection with the case on Tuesday.

It’s believed she was drugged and carried unconscious into the property and put into an ice bath to revive her.

Witnesses have provided gardai with crucial information on what happened in the house, the Irish Mirror has learned.

They claim she was taken from the bath and placed on a bed, where she was reportedly raped.

Two men then took her from the bungalow in a stolen Toyota Land Cruiser and ditched her body, it is claimed.

It’s not known if she was killed in the house or just before her body was dumped.

A source said: “This poor girl is understood to have met a violent death. Gardai have two suspects and are following a definite line of enquiry. She was a vulnerable girl.

“She was taken advantage of by these two suspects. One of the men is a serious criminal involved in international organised crime and is in jail here for another offence.”

The family renting the property have now been unwittingly caught up in the horror case.

It is believed Ms Raguckaite arrived in Ireland in April to seek work.

At this stage there is no indication she was a victim of human trafficking.

She was reported missing to gardai on behalf of her family by a member of the Lithuanian community living in Dundalk, Co Louth, on August 22.

Her last known address was in the College Heights estate in the town but she moved out on the May 23.

What she did over the next six days is crucial to the investigation.

In an appeal for information yesterday, Supt Gerry Curley said the last sighting of Ms Raguckaite was in the company of two men at a house in the Beach Grove estate in Laytown at around 11pm on May 29.

He added: “We are concerned at the condition she was in at that stage when she was taken into the house.

“Giedre was not seen leaving the house but we are satisfied she left the house and the other two males left the house in the early hours of the May 30, 2018. She has not been seen since.”

The Garda Technical Bureau carried out an examination of the property yesterday.

The two Lithuanian men she was seen with have both been interviewed by gardai. The garda said Ms Raguckaite had always maintained regular contact with her family and friends.

Supt Curley added: “We believe her disappearance is involuntary and we are seeking assistance from the public, particularly the Lithuanian community.

“We believe she may have been staying in the Dundalk area with some other people during that period.

“We are very anxious to talk to anybody who provided accommodation for Giedre during that period of May 23 to 29 or anybody who has any knowledge of her whereabouts.”

An incident room was set up under Detective Insp Martin Beggy and enquiries resulted in the investigation being declared a murder last week.

A Garda Family Liaison Officer has been appointed.

Since the morning of May 30 Ms Raguckaite’s phone and social media accounts have not been used.

Gardai have carried out more than 170 lines of enquiry – including liaising with the PSNI, UK police forces, Interpol, the Lithuanian Police Force and the Lithuanian Embassy.

Ms Raguckaite moved to Ireland from England to look for work, however, she has no relations here.

Her mother is dead and her last contact with her family was a phone call to her 58-year-old father in Lithuania at 6.35pm on May 29. She has two sisters who live in Italy and Cyprus.

She said: “I hope these vile creatures will be punished for the rest of their lifes.”

Ms Raguckaite’s childhood friend Gedvile Hibner begged those responsible “to guide us to where the body is”.
Gardai have appealed to anyone with information to contact them in Dundalk on 042 9388400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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