Family's appeal over missing woman

Published Monday, 20 January 2014
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The family of a vulnerable Co Fermanagh woman who went missing last year have appealed to her to make contact and let them know she is okay.

Family's appeal over missing woman
Nollaig has been missing since last May. (© UTV)

Nollaig O'Connor, from Enniskillen, hasn't been in touch with relatives since May.

The 37-year-old is described as a brilliant musician who was studying music at university in Aberdeen - but for some inexplicable reason she went to Cornwall.

Nollaig's father Bernard was the last person to see her when he visited Scotland over Easter.

He said the family had hoped she would make contact with them before Christmas but, when she didn't, they became increasingly concerned.

"We were constantly reminding ourselves of how she was," he told UTV.

Every phone call you get you're hoping someone has seen her or made contact, or discovered something

Bernard O'Connor

"We got constant texts from her but this time we didn't - but we honestly believed coming up to Christmas we would hear from her but, unfortunately, there were no calls.

"That was unusual because this was our first Christmas where we had no contact from Nollaig."

Police in Aberdeen had closed their missing person's case on Nollaig O'Connor but have since re-opened the case following pressure from the family. But, when a CCTV image of her emerged from Cornwall in England, the family were left with further questions.

Bernard O'Connor continued: "We were very concerned as she has no connections in Cornwall but we were led to believe she is okay."

The family say Nollaig is a free-spirited and lively woman but that she has a history of mental illness which makes her vulnerable.

Ever since she went missing they have been searching the internet and using social media for any signs of her whereabouts. They have appealed for her to get in touch.

"She's a beautiful, talented girl, very lively and vibrant," Bernard said.

"She has been through a serious time with mental health. The medical people themselves would say they're very concerned.

"We would appeal to Nollaig that she would contact some member of the family to let us know she is okay, we are just very distressed that we don't know where she is."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Diarmuid Smith in tunnyduff wrote (345 days ago):
I feel so sorry for meabh I hope she gets in contact
Lynda McClean in Belfast wrote (370 days ago):
try sending circular emails to shops/businesses near where she was spotted?? Get it circulating on Twitter too.
laura in belfast wrote (370 days ago):
would she be thin with long brown shoulder lenght hair wavey tied very loosely,with a bobble very cheery but ,very nervous type of women but smiling? maybe wearing a cream/white trouser suit? this was in October /November
meabh in keady, armagh wrote (370 days ago):
Please forward this link to everyone you know.. everywhere... we need to know my sister nollaig is safe and well.
Jemma in Glengormley wrote (370 days ago):
Nollaig went to school in belfast and we hv been sharing this on facebook. I hope and pray she will be found safe and sound.
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