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Mary Boyle case: Gardaí make renewed appeal for information

Donegal schoolgirl Mary Boyle who disappeared without trace in March 1977.
Deborah McAleese, Press Association

GARDAÍ have launched a renewed bid to solve the Republic's longest-running missing person case.

It was 41 years yesterday since the disappearance of schoolgirl Mary Boyle.

The six-year-old went missing on March 18, 1977, while visiting her grandparents in Cashelard, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal. No trace of her has ever been found.

Gardaí said the investigation "remains live and ongoing at this time".

Detectives have asked anyone "with tangible evidence to help advance this investigation and bring some comfort to the Boyle family" to come forward.

Mary's mother Ann Boyle has previously said she believes her daughter made it to a road which links Cashelard with Belleek in Co Fermanagh on the day she disappeared.

However, Mary's twin sister, also called Ann, believes the six-year-old was murdered and has called for an inquest to be held.

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