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Man in his 60s released without charge in 1991 disappearance case

On 26 April 1991, Charles Brooke Pickard was bundled into his own van by a group of masked men.

Image: RTÉ

A MAN IN his 60s has been released without charge this evening, after he was arrested in connection with the abduction and disappearance of Charles Brooke Pickard in April 1991.

He was arrested on Wednesday evening. A statement from gardaí said that a file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

A public appeal for information was issued this year, on the 25th anniversary of Pickard’s disappearance.

On 26 April 1991, the married father-of-four was bundled into his own van in Castlecove, Co Kerry, by a group of masked men.

He has never been seen since.

charles-10-390x285 Source: RTÉ

In the weeks after his abduction, his van, a navy Ford Transit, was found burned out in Shronaloughane Forest, in the townland of Derrennageeha, near Waterville in Kerry.

Launching the appeal for information earlier this year, it was announced that Crimestoppers was offering a reward for any details that may assist the investigation.

In September, a search and excavation was conducted at a site at Derrennageeha, Ballaghisheen Pass, Waterville, Co. Kerry.

Members of the Defence Forces and an anthropologist assisted the Gardaí during the search.

Gardaí added that any information should be forwarded to investigating Gardaí at Killarney Garda Station (064) 6631222 or any Garda Station.

Read: Man in his 60s arrested in connection with disappearance in Kerry over 25 years ago

Read: Charles Brooke Pickard was bundled into a van in Kerry 25 years ago and never seen again

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