Updated: 21/05/18 : 15:06:15
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Missing student's purse and ID Card found in Co Dublin

Gardaí searching an area in Rathmichael in south Co Dublin for missing Jastine Valdez have found her purse and identification card.

Witnesses reported seeing the 24-year-old woman being bundled into a car as she was walking to her home in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, on Saturday evening.

RTÉ reports that search teams have been deployed to Rathmichael and are also searching an area known as the 'Scalp' and a walk on Killiney Hill has been cordoned off.

Gardai have also appealed to anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area of Puck's Castle Lane and Kiltiernan Lead Mines in Rathmichael between 6pm on Saturday to 8pm yesterday to contact them.

The garda helicopter is conducting an aerial search of the area while members of the Defence Forces and Civil Defence have been called in to help. Six Army trucks arrived at the search site this morning.

A man gardaí had been searching for in connection with the incident was shot dead by a garda in a south Dublin business park last night.

He has been named as Mark Hennessy, a married father-of-two from Woodbrook Estate, Boghall Road in Bray.

Detectives have renewed their appeal for information on the movements of the car he was driving as part of their efforts to find Jastine Valdez.

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has said he hopes it will be possible to bring the search for Ms Valdez to a safe and positive conclusion.

Speaking at ceremonies in Killarney, where Irish citizenship is being conferred on 3,500 people, Mr Flanagan described the events of the past 48 hours as shocking and deeply troubling.

He said his concern and concern of the Irish people is for the location and safe return of Ms Valdez and urged members of the public with information to make contact with gardaí.