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26th Mar 2024

Annie McCarrick: What we know about the harrowing true crime case

Kat O'Connor

Anne McCarrick vanished without a trace in 1993

Gardaí have recently renewed their appeal for information about missing American woman Annie McCarrick.

In 1993, Annie vanished without a trace from her home in Sandymount, Dublin. Aged just 27, the young woman was never seen again.

Gardaí have been investigating her disappearance and alleged murder for over three decades, but the mystery remains unsolved.

Annie McCarrick from Long Island, New York fell in love with Ireland after visiting the country when she was a teenager.

The student decided to permanently move from New York to Ireland in 1993.

Annie arrived in Ireland on January 4th, 1993 and she moved into rented accommodation in Sandymount with two housemates.

Before her disappearance, Annie enjoyed dinner with friends and attended the St. Patrick’s Day parade. She was looking forward to her mother visiting her in Ireland, but things took a sinister turn when Annie disappeared without a trace.

The 27-year-old went missing on Friday, March 26th, 1993.

Annie had left her apartment in Dublin to visit the Wicklow Mountains for the day. She was meant to go with her friend but the friend declined the invitation.

Despite her friend’s rejection, she headed out on the day trip where she reportedly visited Johnnie Fox’s pub in Glencullen.

Annie was reportedly planning on attending a traditional Irish event but didn’t realise the pub was charging for it.

A male friend reportedly paid for Annie to attend the event with him. Nobody witnessed Annie or the male friend leave the pub on the day of her disappearance.

The man’s identity has never been confirmed and the sighting at Johnnie Fox’s has often been disputed in the years following Annie’s disappearance.

Multiple searches took place following her disappearance but Gardaí never discovered what happened to Annie McCarrick.

Gardaí looking for people who interacted with Annie McCarrick

There have been many theories in the years since Annie’s disappearance, but Gardaí believes she may have been murdered in the Wicklow Mountains by a serial killer involved in multiple other missing person cases.

Last year, Annie’s case was upgraded to a murder investigation after her mother wrote to Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. 

Gardaí are urging anyone with information about the Annie McCarrick case to come forward.

Those who may have interacted with Annie McCarrick on or around March 26th, 1993 should contact Gardaí.

Witnesses or anyone with relevant information can contact Irishtown Garda Station at 01 666 9600.

You can also contact your local Garda station or the Garda Confidential line at 1800 666 111.