A new dig has begun today in Donegal in relation to the Mary Boyle case.
A garda spokesperson would only confirm that a dig is underway somewhere in the county but it is understood that the operation is taking place in the vicinity of Cashelard, near Ballyshannnon.
The six-year-old from Keadue went missing from her grandparents home in Cashelard while on a visit in March 1977. Her remains have never been found, in one of Ireland's longest missing persons cases.
RTÉ is reporting that the current search is taking place at the request of the family and had been planned for some time.
Gardaí confirmed earlier this week that members of the Serious Crime Review Team (SCRT) would be visiting Ballyshannon as part of a new review into the case. A review team from the Northern Region began the second garda review of the case in 2011 and this review is still ongoing as well.