Abducted Pinay student in Dublin found dead; suspect killed by police

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  • A Filipina student was abducted by a man last Saturday in Dublin, Ireland
  • Her body was later found by police on Monday
  • The suspect was killed by police following investigation of reported abduction

Authorities in Dublin, Ireland are now conducting post-mortem examination on the body of a 24-year-old Filipina student who was abducted on Saturday afternoon and whose body was found on Monday.

Jastine Valdez, an Accounting and Finance student at the Tallaght Institute of Technology, was reported missing after being seen forcibly bundled into a black Nissan Qashqai by a man past 6 pm near her home in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow.

The suspect, Mark Hennessy, was killed by police on Sunday around 8pm following an investigation into the abduction. He is believed to have been armed with a knife while being confronted by Dublin police.

The Gardai, Ireland’s police force, said in a statement that Valdez’s purse was found in the Rathmichael area where her body was also discovered hours later on Monday.

No connection established

Police have yet to establish the connection between Valdez and the 40-year-old suspect, but said the victim was likely killed 45 minutes after her abduction.

Hennesy has been described as family man with history of convictions for assaults several years ago. Police are now investigating his background.

The Irish Times said in a report that Valdez was an only child whose family move to Ireland from the Philippines back in 2015. She was a student and also worked part time at a restaurant in Bray.

Her family became worried after she failed to come home on Saturday evening. The victim usually commuted to work and school and was often seen waiting for bus at Enniskerry stop.

Filipino community in Dublin have expressed their shock at the gruesome crime and now fear for safety of their children, too.

A GoFund Me account has also been set up to support the grieving family as police continues its investigation to determine Hennesy’s motive.