On January 3rd, 1994 the 22-year-old was reported missing from Waterford

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Imelda Keenan was just 22 when she went missing from Waterford. Originally from Laois but living and studying in Waterford, she was reported missing on January 3rd, 1994. Her glasses were still in her apartment as was a pile of carefully wrapped Christmas presents under the tree – two of the many details that, to this day, puzzle her family. They are convinced that the young woman, a much-loved daughter and sister to her eight siblings, is dead.

Last week on the 30th anniversary of the day she was reported missing the family held a vigil to remember her but also in the hopes that public attention might jog someone’s memory about what might have happened. For decades the case has been classified as a missing persons case but the family, as her niece Gina Kerry explains to In the News, want it upgraded to murder. Imelda, they say, would never have voluntarily gone missing. Presented by Bernice Harrison. Produced by Suzanne Brennan.

Bernice Harrison

Bernice Harrison

Bernice Harrison is an Irish Times journalist and cohost of In the News podcast