Man arrested in Mary Boyle investigation

Man arrested in Mary Boyle investigation
A 64-year old man is being questioned by gardaí today in relation to the disappearance of Mary Boyle in 1977.

A 64-year old man is being questioned by gardaí today in relation to the disappearance of Mary Boyle in 1977.

A garda spokesperson said the man was arrested today “following new evidence being discovered” by the garda’s Review Team in the Northern Region.

The man has been detained for questioning in Mullingar Station under the Criminal Justice Act 1984. He can be detained for up to 24 hours.

Mary Boyle, who was six years old at the time, went missing from near her grandparents’ home in Cashelard, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal on March 18, 1977. Mary, from Belcruit, Kincasslagh, was on a family visit to her grandparents’ home, accompanied by her parents and siblings, when she disappeared.

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.

Speaking today, Assistant Commissioner Northern Region Kieran Kenny said: “We are appealing for anyone with any information on the circumstances around Mary’s disappearance to contact us. Even something that people may have thought was insignificant at the time could help us advance the continuing investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Incident Room at Ballyshannon Garda Station at 071 9858530 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

A Family Liaison Officer has been continuously liaising with Mary’s mother, Ann Boyle, to keep her informed of developments including today’s arrest.