Monday 26 September 2016

‘We can’t let those sorts of crimes rest’ – Gardaí on 'cold case' of missing man bundled into van 25 years ago

Charles Brooke Pickard was bundled into his own van by a group of men in south Kerry 25 years ago

Published 30/05/2016 | 16:35

Missing man Charles Brooke Pickard (Inset: Charles pictured with his wife Penny)
Missing man Charles Brooke Pickard (Inset: Charles pictured with his wife Penny)

Gardai say they 'genuinely believe' someone knows about the disappearance of a man who was kidnapped at in south Kerry 25 years ago.

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Charles Brooke Pickard was abducted and driven away in his own van by a number of armed, masked men on Friday, April 26 1991.

Almost three weeks later, his navy Ford Transit van was found burnt out in Shronaloughnane Forest near Waterville, Co. Kerry. It was 27 miles from where he was abducted at White Strand, Castlecove, Co Kerry.

Gardai at Killarney say they are appealing for assistance from the public in their investigation and said they believe someone knows what happened to Mr Brooke Pickard.

Superintendent Flor Murphy told Independent.ie that police will be re-interviewing witnesses and actively investigating new lines of enquiry.

"Everything points towards this man is not alive. We don’t believe he is alive.

Charles Brooke Pickard was abducted and driven away in his own van by a number of men on Friday, April 26 1991.
Charles Brooke Pickard was abducted and driven away in his own van by a number of men on Friday, April 26 1991.

"But we can’t let those sorts of crimes rest. I want people to come forward, not just for our investigation, but for Penny, his wife, and his three sons," he said.

Speaking at Killarney Garda Station yesterday, he said the missing man's daughter Lisa died three years after his disappearance in a road accident.

Charles Brooke Pickard was abducted and driven away in his own van by a number of men on Friday, April 26 1991.
Charles Brooke Pickard was abducted and driven away in his own van by a number of men on Friday, April 26 1991.

"It is over twenty five years since Charles Brooke Pickard was last seen being bundled into his van near Castlecove, Co Kerry," he said.

"He was 43 years of age at the time and his wife Penny and four young children were left behind. Sadly his daughter Lisa, died three years later in a road traffic accident.”

Charles Brooke Pickard pictured with his wife Penny
Charles Brooke Pickard pictured with his wife Penny

The superintendent garda said he believes someone may be able to help the investigation after over two decades.

"I genuinely believe that members of the public have information in relation to the abduction and disappearance of Charles Brooke Pickard and I would appeal for these individuals to come forward," he continued.

"Some people may not have been in a position to assist the investigation twenty five years ago but with the passage of time they may be able to help us now.

"Relationships, friendships and loyalties may have changed and people may be in a better position to help us now.

"I am appealing for these people to come forward and talk to us and they will be treated with the utmost sensitivity. "

"We want to progress our investigations into this incident but we also want to bring some sort of closure for his wife Penny and family," he added.

Gardai said any information should be forwarded to investigating Gardaí at Killarney Garda Station (064) 6631222 or any Garda Station.

Crimestoppers are also offering a reward for any information which may assist the investigation.

If a member of the public prefers to give the information anonymously, they can call Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25.

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