Latest search for Mary Boyle called off with no trace found

A search for Mary Boyle, the longest missing person in Ireland who disappeared almost 34 years ago, has been called off after two days.

Despite tons of bogland being removed from adjoining holes there was still no sign this evening(Mon) of the remains of six-years-old Mary. The search at Cashelard, near Ballyshannon, ended shortly after 4 p.m. and will not be resumed.

Her uncle, Gerry Gallagher, the last person to see Mary before she disappeared, was with workers in the new search.

Mary was visiting her grandparents from her home 70 kilometres away near Kincasslagh when she went missing on 18th March 1977 while she was following her uncle across fields to a neighbour’s house.

Some distance from the neighbour’s house she turned to head alone back to her grandparents home and that was the last time she was seen.

The new dig was between 250 metres and 300 metres from her grandparents’ home which is now a disused building.

Although the family organised the dig gardai were present in a supervisory role. Supt Jim Coen, of Ballyshannon, said the search for Mary remained a live investigation and gardai were ready to act on any information that might help.