Search underway for the man who savagely attacked and abducted nurse Bridie Gargan in the Phoenix Park.

On 22 June 1982 nurse Bridie Gargan left work at St James' Hospital in Dublin at about 4:30 pm. En route to her home in Castleknock, she stopped to sunbathe in the Phoenix Park.

A gardener at the nearby Embassy of the United States of America in Ireland saw a man forcing Bridie Gargan into the back of her sliver Renault 5 car and beating her with a hammer. He went to assist, but the attacker drove off in the car with his badly injured victim. Shortly afterwards the Renault 5 was found in Dolphin’s Barn. Nurse Bridie Gargan was found unconscious in the back of the car with very serious head injuries.

The attacker is described as being in his early twenties, about five foot ten, has dark hair, a well trimmed bear and was wearing a fishermen’s tweed hat.

An Garda Síochána in the Phoenix Park are stopping motorists to see if they witnessed the attack or noticed the attacker. Garda Superintendent Jim Brogan appeals for public help in finding Bridie Gargan’s assailant as it is possible he may strike again.

We have a good description of the culprit and people must have seen him in the vicinity here in the Phoenix Park and we would ask them to come forward.

Bridie Gargan suffered severe brain damage in the attack. On 26 June 1982 she died in Richmond Surgical Hospital where she had been on a life support machine.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 23 July 1982. The reporter is Tom McCaughren.