New search for missing Mary Boyle turns up ‘nothing but rocks’

Gardai have carried out another search of land where Mary Boyle disappeared 36 years ago.

Her mother Ann Boyle said she was told by gardai last night that an area pinpointed by the Sunday World as a possible grave was searched yesterday(Wed) and nothing was discovered.

Mrs Boyle said there was nothing there but rocks.

The paper had reported a geo-physical scan revealed “significant disturbance” in the ground metres from where Mary was last seen alive on March 18, 1977, when she disappeared as a six-year-old.

Mrs Boyle, who lives in Kincasslagh, said reports of the scan had greatly upset her.

She also said she disagrees with her daughter Ann Doherty – Mary’s twin - that there should be an inquest.

Ann Boyle said it hurts her not knowing what happened to Mary. She, too, thinks her daughter may be dead – but she said she also still holds on to hope that she may be found alive and wants no inquest.

She said no matter what anybody believes there is no evidence that Mary died and as her mother she was hanging on to any hope she could.

Mary was visiting her grandparents at Cashelard, outside Ballyshanon, when she vanished. Her uncle Gerard, who still lives in South Donegal, was the last person to see her as she followed him to a neighbour’s house across a swamp. She is believed to have turned back along the way and was never seen again.