Sunday 25 September 2016

Gardaí confirm Mary Boyle cold case review

Greg Harkin

Published 12/07/2016 | 19:18

Heartache: Mary Boyle, who vanished in 1977. Her twin, Ann Doherty says she believes Mary is dead and claims to know who killed her
Heartache: Mary Boyle, who vanished in 1977. Her twin, Ann Doherty says she believes Mary is dead and claims to know who killed her
Mary Boyle

Gardaí have confirmed that cold case detectives are reviewing the Mary Boyle disappearance case.

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In a statement given to independent.ie this evening, Garda HQ said a review is underway into the disappearance of Mary.

She vanished from her grandparents home in Cashelard, Co Donegal in March 1977.

Mary’s twin sister Anne has been campaigning for a new investigation into the case.

Ann Doherty
Ann Doherty

This evening gardaí dismissed reports that a new investigation is underway, saying the case has never been closed.

However the statement said it is being reviewed.

The statement said: “The disappearance of Mary Boyle is under active investigation as it has been since Mary disappeared and that investigation will continue. Any new information that is reported to An Garda Síochána, in relation to an ongoing investigation, will be investigated accordingly.

“As well as the investigation at the time there have been two reviews by An Garda Síochána into Mary's disappearance. The latest began in 2011 and is being undertaken by a Review Team from the Northern Region. The Review team has to date conducted a significant investigation that has involved interviewing a wide range of people and undertaking a number of searches with the assistance of forensic and geology experts. Its investigation is ongoing.

“The Serious Crime Review team has recently been tasked to review the case. The Serious Crime Review Team (SCRT) was established in August 2007 to review of unresolved homicides and other serious crimes within the State.

“The primary purpose of a review is to assist Senior Investigation Officers who are investigating a serious crime by identifying new and potential investigative opportunities. Members of the SCRT are trained in homicide investigation and in the reviewing of unresolved homicides.

“The SCRT comes under the command of the Assistant Commissioner, National Support Services and the Office of the Detective Chief Superintendent, National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.  The head of the Serious Crime Review Team is Detective Superintendent Walter O’Sullivan.”

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