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Body found in search for missing student Jastine Valdez

Jastine Valdez was last seen leaving her home in Enniskerry in Co Wicklow on Saturday afternoon

A BODY has been found in the search for a woman who had been feared abducted in the Republic. 

A large search operation to find Jastine Valdez (24) had been taking place in a wooded area in the Rathmichael area of south Dublin after her purse was found at a disused golf course there earlier today.

Ms Valdez from Enniskerry in Co Wicklow, was last seen being bundled into a Nissan Qashqai SUV near her home on Saturday evening.

A suspect was shot dead by an officer in a confrontation on Sunday evening after gardai traced the vehicle to the Cherrywood business district south of Dublin.

The man who was killed has been named locally as 40-year-old Mark Hennessy, from Bray, in Co Wicklow.

The Republic's police watchdog, the Garda Siochana Ombudsman's Commission, is investigating the shooting.

This afternoon gardai searching for Ms Valdez confirmed a body had been found in the Puckscastle area of south Dublin but said no formal identification had yet taken place.

They appealed for privacy for the Valdaz family.

Gardai on Puck's Castle Lane in Rathmichael, Co Dublin. Picture by Donall Farmer/PA Wire

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