ⓘ Disappearance of William Maughan and Anna Varslavane


ⓘ Disappearance of William Maughan and Anna Varslavane

William "Willie" Maughan was originally from Tallaght. He was 5 ft 8 in 173 cm tall, with a shaven head and green eyes. He was 34.

Anastasija "Anna" Varslavane was originally from Latvia but had lived in Ireland for several years. She was 5 ft 6 in 168 cm tall, of slim build and had dark hair. She was 21.


1. Disappearance

They had been living together in Gormanstown and were on their way to meet Williams mother to get a lift to Tallaght.

On 14 April 2015 Anna rang Williams mother at 2:57pm. One of her sons answered and he could hear a woman calling for help.

Ten minutes later the Maughan family arrived at the agreed pickup point but neither William or Anna were there.


2. Investigation

Gardai suspect the couple were murdered on orders from a figure who has since become involved in the Drogheda feud. They suspect that he was behind the fatal shooting of Benny Whitehouse in Balbriggan in 2014 and that the couple were killed because the gang feared that they would provide information to the Gardai about the shooting of Whitehouse.

Williams parents Joseph and Helen have made appeals about the disappearance of their son and his girlfriend. Joseph Maughan believes that his son was targeted because he knew too much about a murder that happened in 2014.

In August 2016 the grave of Williams younger brother Michael "Bobby" Maughan was dug up in what the family believe was an attempt at intimidation by the gang responsible for the disappearance. The vandalism happened in the early hours of the morning the day after Joseph Maughan appealed for information on the disappearance of William. Three men entered Bohernabreena Cemetery after 2am and started digging up the grave, though Michaels remains were not removed from it. Michael Maughan died as a result of meningitis.

In 2017 Gardai examined a site in County Louth as one line of investigation.

On 28 April 2020 a man in his 50s was arrested and held at Ashbourne Garda station. He could be questioned for up to seven days. It is the first arrest in the investigation.

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