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Investigation into abduction and disappearance of Charles Brooke Pickard

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GARDAÍ at Killarney today commence searching and excavating a site at Derrennageeha, Ballaghisheen Pass, Waterville, as part of their ongoing investigation into the abduction and disappearance of Charles Brooke Pickard from White Strand at Castlecove on April 26, 1991.

The site is located in a Coillte forest off the Waterville/Ballaghisheen road, approximately 20 Kilometres from Waterville. It is less than a kilometre from where Charles Brook Pickard’s navy Ford Transit van was found burned out in May 1991 at Shronaloughnane Forest, in the town land of Derrennageeha near Waterville.

Members of the Defence Forces are assisting An Garda Siochána in the operation and Gardaí have also consulted with an anthropologist on the matter.

The search is expected to last at least a week and the family of Charles Brooke Pickard are being kept updated.

This development is as a result of renewed appeals for information in relation to the disappearance of Charles Brooke Pickard and arising from this appeal an area was identified by Gardaí and will now be searched.

BACKGROUND

On Friday, April 26, 1991, Charles Brooke Pickard was abducted and driven away in his van by a number of males from the White Strand at Castlecove and has not been seen since.

On May 16, 1991, his van, a navy Ford Transit van, was found burned out in Shronaloughnane Forest, in the town land of Derrennageeha near Waterville, 27 miles from where he was abducted.

Gardaí have again renewed their appeal for any information from members of the public which they may have in relation to this matter.

“The operation which commenced today is part of the ongoing investigation into the abduction and disappearance of Charles Brooke Pickard,” said Superintendent Flor Murphy.

“It is over 25 years since Charles Brooke Pickard was last seen being bundled into his van near Castlecove, Co Kerry. He was 43 years of age at the time and his wife Penny and four young children were left behind.

“I am again appealing to the public for any information in relation to the events surrounding the abduction and disappearance of Charles Brooke Pickard.

“There are people who may not have been in a position to assist the investigation twenty five years ago but with the passage of time their circumstances may have changed. Relationships, friendships, associations and loyalties may have changed and people may be in a better position to help us now. ‘

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.

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The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row.

The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021.

Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists.

With the switch to full electric not far away, Adams of Tralee’s general manager Marcus O’Shea believes that hybrid offers the perfect transition from fossil fuelled-cars to electric.

“It is a steeping-stone towards full electric,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “It reduces the range anxiety for those not ready for full electric and it gets people used to new ways – plugging in the car at night at home will become normal and hybrid is the first step.”

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By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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