Gardaí in Gort have received an overwhelming response to the recent appeal for information in relation to the death of tragic Emer O’Loughlin.
The remains of the North Clare woman were discovered in a burnt-out caravan in a field between Tubber and Kinvara in 2005 and gardaí are currently seeking to locate Galway man John ‘Fozzy’ Griffin to help them with their enquiries.
Superintendent Pat Murphy of Gort Garda Station told the Galway Independent this week that they had received over 60 communications from the public since the Crimestoppers appeal on Friday 18 November. He added that the team were currently working their way through the information provided and would subsequently be following any promising leads in relation to the investigation.
Mr Griffin, with an address at Cardinal Cushing Road in Mervue, disappeared shortly after Emer’s death and is thought to have faked his own death on the Aran Islands in an effort to discourage efforts by the gardaí to locate him. However, it is believed that he is still alive and may currently be living in the UK or mainland Europe.
Mr Griffin, also known to use the alias of John McDermott, is described as being 5ft 9in tall and of average build. He has blue eyes and a distinctive and prominent Celtic tattoo on the Adam’s apple area of his neck. He was last seen on the Aran Islands on 20 April 2005.
A substantial reward is now on offer for information that leads to an interview with Mr Griffin, who has also featured on the international Interpol wanted list. Crimestoppers can be contacted confidentially at 1800-250025.