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'Lovely person' Brother of missing Mayo woman says finding her body would be like winning lottery

She was a lovely person and she doesn't deserve to be dumped in a bog, ditch or drain - she deserves a Christian burial.”

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Sandra Collins

Sandra Collins

Sandra Collins

The brother of a missing Mayo woman has said that finding her body would be “a hundred times better” than winning the lottery.

Sandra Collins, from Killala in Co. Mayo was last seen 21 years ago on Sunday, December 4th 2000.

The 28-year-old went to get a takeaway in the village alone shortly after 11pm and has been missing ever since. Gardaí believe that Sandra was murdered.

Speaking today to mark National Missing Persons Day, her younger brother Patrick described Sandra as “the big sister that everybody would have wanted” and said that she was a “fun, kind, vivacious” person.

He said that after 21 years, his family just want to find Sandra’s body and give her a proper burial.

He said: “[Finding her remains] would be like winning the €19 million [jackpot], but it would be 100 times better.

“I'd give every single penny of that. If I won it today... I'd hand every penny over to whoever could give her back to me. Whether it was her killer or not... I don't care.”

“She was a lovely person and she doesn't deserve to be dumped in a bog, ditch or drain - she deserves a Christian burial.”

Last year on the 20th anniversary of her disappearance, Patrick said that the Collins family keep Sandra’s memory alive every day.

“You can’t let it consume your life because there’s no point in that and she wouldn’t want that either. But at the same time, it’s still a part of you. There isn’t a day goes by that we wouldn’t mention her or talk about her.

“We try and live our lives... we’ve done our own things, my sisters had children. She has nieces and nephews that will never know their aunty Sandra.

“We live our lives but Sandra’s [disappearance] is there every single day of the week the last 20 years.

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“It’s especially hard this time of year,” he added.

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