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'Make contact' Gardaí launch fresh appeal to find Mayo woman Sandra Collins missing for 20 years

"Nothing but nothing can be as bad as not having Sandra’s remains back"

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Sandra Collins

Sandra Collins

Sandra Collins

Gardaí are appealing for information on the disappearance of Mayo woman Sandra Collins, who vanished 20 years ago. 

On the eve of the 20th anniversary of her disappearance, officers are hoping that some new information could help them solve the tragic cold case.

Sandra was last seen on Monday, December 4, 2000, at approximately 11 pm at the Country Kitchen premises on George’s Street, Killala in County Mayo.

She was just 28 at the time of her disappearance and gardaí are desperate for any information that could generate a new lead.

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David and Patrick Collins, whose sister Sandra disappeared in 2000

David and Patrick Collins, whose sister Sandra disappeared in 2000

Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus

David and Patrick Collins, whose sister Sandra disappeared in 2000

Chief Superintendent Tony Healy of the Mayo Garda Division said: "We have not stopped searching for Sandra, and today, 20 years on, that work continues.

"I want to thank the public who have been of assistance to us in this investigation in the past, and I am now appealing to those who may have additional information to please get in contact.

"Perhaps you have information you thought was insignificant at the time, or it could be that after 20 years have passed your circumstances have now changed.

"It could be that you were afraid or anxious to make contact with An Garda Síochána at the time. We are asking you now to make contact with us in whatever way you can."

Sandra’s brother Patrick Collins is asking anyone with information to please come forward and contact An Garda Síochána:

"Our parents, Eleanor and Joe have gone to their graves far too soon due to emotional stress and the anguish they carried over our beloved Sandra,” he said.

"Nothing but nothing can be as bad as not having Sandra’s remains back. I have dreamt of a small family funeral for Sandra.

"I wake up with tears running down my face and yet realize it will be one of the greatest days of my life. I can visit her grave. We will have her home. We can talk to her at her graveside. We can lay flowers. We can grieve.

"Please give us our sister back."

Anyone with information can contact Ballina Garda Station on 096-20560, any Garda Station, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or Crimestoppers 1800 250 025.

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