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Missing GP’s family seek answers over “distressing” dig 13.01.19

RELATIVES of Dr Deirdre Donnelly O’Flaherty who disappeared ten years ago have issued a statement questioning the “entirely unexpected” garda decision to undertake a new search for her remains last week.
The Tyrone-based GP has not been seen since January 11, 2009, when she is thought to have drowned in a suspected suicide at Kinnego Bay, Inishowen.
However, gardaí began an excavation last week on bogland near Milford, some 80km from her last known location.
The five-day search finished on Friday with nothing linked to the doctor’s disappearance found.
The Donnelly and O'Flaherty families issued a joint statement this weekend expressing concern about the garda operation.
They described the recent events as an "ordeal" and they’re seeking a meeting with gardaí to discuss how the latest investigation came about.
"The families are relieved only because this ordeal is over although in our view, the outcome was not in doubt.
"Notification that gardaí were going to carry out a land search for Deirdre was entirely unexpected, not least given that the finding by order of Judge Deeney at Belfast High Court on the 12th of January 2012 that Deirdre had 'gone into the water and drowned' was supported by the oral evidence of the investigating garda sergeant.”
The statement continued: "The families had only three days' advance notice of the gardaí excavations near Milford, County Donegal and therefore had little time to prepare for the consequences of the very public, national exposure of this story during the week.”
The families said they had not seen the anonymous note and map that purportedly showed the location of the missing woman’s remains.
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