Following new evidence being discovered by the Review Team based in the Northern Region that has been investigating the disappearance of Mary Boyle in March 1977, a man aged 64 was arrested by An Garda Síochána yesterday (Tuesday) for alleged kidnapping.
At the time of going to press the man was detained for questioning in Mullingar Station under the Criminal Justice Act 1984. He can be detained for up to 24 hours.
Mary Boyle was just six years old when she disappeared on March 18, 1977.
Mary, from Belcruit, Kincasslagh, Co Donegal, was on a family visit to her grandparents’ home in Cashelard, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal at the time.
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.
Speaking yesterday 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 liasing with Mary’s mother, Ann Boyle, on new developments in the case.