Josephine Pender, mother of missing Fiona Pender, passes away RIP

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Staunch campaigner Josephine Pender became a national figure for her determination to find her daughter's remains.
The mother of missing Offaly woman Fiona Pender has died following an illness, just three weeks after the 21st anniversary of her disappearance.


Josephine Pender had always held out hope of finding the remains of her daughter after she went missing in August 1996.

Fiona was seven months pregnant when she vanished from her flat on Church Street, Tullamore, Co Offaly on August 23, 1996.

Speaking just three weeks ago, Josephine said: "I can't say it's got any easier in the 21 years - it's been a lifetime and it's hard to believe."

R.I.P.






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Mother of missing Offaly woman Fiona Pender passes away - Offaly Express
https://twitter.com/irishdailymail?lang=en
https://www.thesun.ie/news/1530195/mother-of-missing-fiona-pender-passes-away-after-lengthy-battle-with-illness-just-weeks-after-21st-anniversary-of-disappearance/
 


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I read about this yesterday.
My heart goes out to this woman.
She never gave up - and used every opportunity to raise awareness.
Not alone that, but she raised awareness on every missing person, and was particularly supportive of the survivors and families of Tuam babies who she said were 'just as important as her Fiona'.

Today's Daily Mail carries an article on that.

An incredibly courageous woman right to the end when she was still speaking of Fiona and her quest to lay her to rest. Sadly she never saw that through. Someone out there knows someone, it's never too late to do what is right and give the family the peace they so desperately deserve.
 

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I hadnt heard about this missing person case, was there any speculation? or complete mystery?
 

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Staunch campaigner Josephine Pender became a national figure for her determination to find her daughter's remains.
The mother of missing Offaly woman Fiona Pender has died following an illness, just three weeks after the 21st anniversary of her disappearance.


Josephine Pender had always held out hope of finding the remains of her daughter after she went missing in August 1996.

Fiona was seven months pregnant when she vanished from her flat on Church Street, Tullamore, Co Offaly on August 23, 1996.

Speaking just three weeks ago, Josephine said: "I can't say it's got any easier in the 21 years - it's been a lifetime and it's hard to believe."

R.I.P.
I had never heard of this story until now. My heart goes out to this woman and I can only hope the remaining family someday find the answers they are looking for and perhaps at least obtain some closure.

I hope she is at peace at last.
 

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My sympathies to her family. Apparently Mrs Pender lost a son in a motor bike accident before Fiona went missing and her husband took her own life in the year 2000.

Many of the locals and the Gardai know fully well who were responsible for the murder of Fiona.

For legal reasons I won't mention his name.
 

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My sympathies to her family. Apparently Mrs Pender lost a son in a motor bike accident before Fiona went missing and her husband took her own life in the year 2000.

Many of the locals and the Gardai know fully well who were responsible for the murder of Fiona.

For legal reasons I won't mention his name.
Is this individual still around the area ?
 

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I'm just re-reading Barry Cummins's, MISSING - Missing without trace in Ireland, and have just finished the Fiona Pender chapter.

Between March 1993 and July 1989 six young women disappeared without a trace which lead eventually to the Garda response 'Operation Trace'. Fiona Pender was one of these.

Larry Murphy described by garda as one of the most violent men they have met, is thought to be involved in some of these disappearances, it is speculated he not of always acted alone; he is not a suspect in Fiona Penders case.

Annie McCarrick, Jo Jo Dullard, Fiona Pender, Ciara Breen, Fiona Sinnot are some of the women that disappeared without trace during that period and are still missing.
 
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So tragic that she died without her daughter's remains being discovered she never got to say goodbye and give her daughter a proper buriel.
 

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That mother, just like JoJo Dollard's sister, tried very hard to keep the disappearance of their loved one prominent in the news - in the hope that perhaps a witness, or the perpetrator - would come forward with more information about disappearance of their loved one.

This lady did her best throughout, and it is very sad to read that she didn't obtain justice in this life for her missing daughter.

R.I.P.
 

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Gardai vow to keep up hunt for missing Fiona.

"Almost three years ago, Gardai thought they were close to finding her.
In December 2014 officers sealed off an isolated area in Capard on the Laois/Offaly border after they were told she may be buried there.
Officers believed they had credible information that Fiona - who was seven and a half months pregnant when she vanished from her flat in Church Street Tullamore in August 1996 - was murdered and secretly buried on the land located in a remote spot.
Specialist Gardai spent a fortnight scouring the 200 sq metre plot of land for any signs."

Sadly Fiona's remains were not to be found.

-article in the Irish Daily Star by Michael O'Toole Crime correspondent September 14th 2017.
 


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