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Man arrested in abduction and disappearance investigation released without charge

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Charles Brooke Pickard vanished in 1991
Charles Brooke Pickard vanished in 1991

Gardai have released without charge a man in his 60s they arrested yesterday as part of the investigation into the abduction and disappearance of a man in Kerry twenty-five years ago.

A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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

Pickard was abducted and driven away in his van by a number of males from his home on April 26 and has not been seen since. He was 43 years of age at the time and had four children. 

Earlier this year Gardaí at Killarney searched and excavated a site close to where the van was discovered. Investigators say that the development is as a result of a renewed appeals for information in relation to the disappearance.

The site is less than a kilometre from where Pickard’sTransit van was found burned out in May of 1991.

Officers at Killarney Garda Station yesterday said they arrested a man in connection with the abduction and disappearance of Pickard.