Thursday 8 December 2016

'End our torture,' says family of Jo Jo

Sarah Slater

Published 10/11/2016 | 02:30

Jo Jo Dollard disappeared 21 years ago yesterday.
Jo Jo Dollard disappeared 21 years ago yesterday.

The family of a young woman who went missing 21 years ago want to know where her body is so their "torture" can end.

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Kilkenny woman Jo Jo Dollard was only 21 when she disappeared on November 9, 1995 - now she has been missing for 21 years.

The single woman was making her way from Dublin to her home in Callan in the north of the county.

She had missed a bus home but she managed to thumb several lifts before being dropped in the village of Moone in Co Kildare, where she was last seen alive.

She made a call from a phonebox in the village that night, but she never arrived home.

Her sister Kathleen Bergin has campaigned continuously for information on Jo Jo since her disappearance.

Kathleen and her family were driving forces behind Operation Trace, set up by former Garda commissioner Pat Byrne in 1998 to investigate the cases of six young women who disappeared from the Leinster area over a five-year period.

"In the early years we never thought it would go on this long ... It has had a devastating effect on our family. It's torture," she said.

"We try our best to keep this campaign alive. We know in our hearts that someone has information. This just hurts so much and is so difficult that someone knows more than we do.

"It's just to know where she is and that she is not out there all alone. It's time she was brought back to us - her family."

Irish Independent

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