Gardai to begin search and excavation of land in hunt for missing man

Charles Brooke Pickard
Charles Brooke Pickard

Gardaí will begin searching an area today as part of their investigation into the disappearance and abduction of a man 25 years ago.

Leeds born Charles Brooke Pickard, from White Strand at Castlecove, Co Kerry vanished in April 1991. His navy For Transit van was found burned out the following month at Shronaloughnane Forest, in the town land of Derrennageeha near Waterville.

Gardaí at Killarney will today commence searching and excavating a site close to where the van was discovered.

Members of the Defence Forces are assisting An Garda Siochana in the operation and officers have also consulted with an anthropologist on the matter.

The search is expected to last at least a week and gardaí say that Mr Pickard's family are being kept informed.

Investigators say that the development is as a result of a renewed appeals for information in relation to the disappearance and arising from this appeal an area was identified by Gardaí and will now be searched.

Mr Pickard was abducted and driven away in his van by a number of males from his home on April 26, 1991 and has not been seen since.

On May 16, his van, a navy Ford Transit van was found burned out in Shronaloughnane Forest, in the town land of Derrennageeha near Waterville, Co. Kerry, 27 miles from where he was abducted. 

Gardaí have again renewed their appeal for any information from members of the public which they may have in relation to this matter.

Superintendent Flor Murphy said: "The operation which commenced today is part of the ongoing investigation into the abduction and disappearance of Charles Brooke Pickard.

"It is over twenty five years since Charles Brooke Pickard was last seen being bundled into his van near Castlecove, Co Kerry. He was 43 years of age at the time and his wife Penny and four young children were left behind.

"I am again appealing to the public for any information in relation to the events surrounding the abduction and disappearance of Charles Brooke Pickard.

"There are people who may not have been in a position to assist the investigation twenty five years ago but with the passage of time their circumstances may have changed. Relationships, friendships , associations and loyalties may have changed and people may be in a better position to help us now."

Any information should be forwarded to investigating Gardaí at Killarney Garda Station (064) 6631222 or any Garda Station.

Crimestoppers are also offering a reward for any information which may assist the investigation.