Gardai to launch fresh probe into Mary Boyle disappearance

Mary Boyle
Mary Boyle

The Gardai's cold case unit are to re-examine the disappearance of six-year-old Mary Boyle in 1977.

According to today's Star, the fresh investigation is set to begin in weeks.

The Sunday World has led the way in keeping this case in the headlines and our investigation into the case of Mary Boyle has been nominated for two National Newspaper Awards.

Our cold case team visited the site where Mary was last seen in 2013 and we forced the gardai to re-examine a site where it was suspected the child's body may have been buried.

Mary Boyle was last seen by her uncle Gerry Gallagher in Cashelard, near Ballyshannon in Donegal on March 18 1977. The child was walking behind him as he left her grandparents' home.

He told her to return to return to the house but she was never seen again.

Now Gardai are expected to review all the evidence and speak to all the officers who worked on the case since she disappeared.

“The first thing that will happen is that the team will go to Donegal (where Mary disappeared) to get a feel for the area,” a source told newspaper.

The source said that the new cold case team would have no pre-conceived ideas of who was or wasn’t a suspect and that all evidence would be followed.