Sunday 11 December 2016

Man held in mystery of Mayo woman missing 11 years

Published 20/12/2011 | 11:34

Sandra Collins
Sandra Collins
Sandra Collins was 29 when she vanished

DETECTIVES investigating the disappearance of a woman more than 11 years ago have arrested a man. Sandra Collins vanished in her home village of Killala in Co Mayo on December 4 2000.

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A man in his 40s was arrested today in the Ballina area and is being questioned at Ballina garda station under Section 4 Offences against the State Act 1984.

Ms Collins was 29 when she vanished. She had left her aunt's house, where she lived and who she cared for, to go to the local shop and bought some groceries.

She was last seen at about 11.15pm, more than three hours later, at the local takeaway, The Country Kitchen.

Ms Collins' heartbroken siblings Bridie and brother Patrick believe something bad happened to their sister either intentionally or by accident.

The missing woman is described as 5ft in height with a small slim build, and short brown hair with red highlights

When last seen, she was wearing black trousers, a maroon polo neck jumper, a beige sleeveless jacket with a hood and black boots.

Four days later, on December 8, her fleece was found on the pier in Killala with a half-pound of sausages Ms Collins had bought in the shop still in the pocket.

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