Mother of Mary Boyle describes anonymous hate mail from person pretending to be missing daughter

Mother of Mary Boyle describes anonymous hate mail from person pretending to be missing daughter

The mother of Mary Boyle, who has been missing 40 years, has spoken about upsetting hate mail she has received.

Gardaí are currently investigating the material, including one which was posted by someone pretending to be Ann's missing daughter, Mary.

Gardaí have released images of clothing similiar to that worn by Mary Boyle when she disappeared from near her grandparents home in Cashelard in south Co. Donegal in March 1977.

Mother of Mary Boyle describes anonymous hate mail from person pretending to be missing daughter

Mary was wearing a lilac coloured cardigan and black wellington boots when she vanished.

No trace of Mary, nor her clothing has been found in the last 40 years.

Her twin sister Ann wore identical clothes that day, and those images were shown on RTE Prime Time tonight, as the programme were granted access to the Garda Incident Room in Ballyshannon.

Mother of Mary Boyle describes anonymous hate mail from person pretending to be missing daughter

Chief Superintendent Walter O'Sullivan of the Serious Crime Review Team said a full review of the case was currently being undertaken which sought to identify every person who was in Cashelard on the day that Mary disappeared.

"Although a rural area, there would have been a number of people in the area, living there, farming, visiting, driving through" he said.

"When a child goes missing it goes right into the heart of a community, it struggles to understand why this has been visited on their community. The community has provided information confidentially, anonymously and through making statements.

"I believe there is further information to be obtained and I am appealing for people to come forward."

Mother of Mary Boyle describes anonymous hate mail from person pretending to be missing daughter

Mary's mother Ann told RTE Prime Time she believed Mary did make it to a nearby road on the day she vanished.

Mary had followed her uncle Gerry Gallagher when he was delivering a ladder back to a neighbours house which was 400 yards away on a hillside.

The last reported sighting of Mary was by her uncle that afternoon as she turned back towards her grandparents home just over halfway on the journey to the neighbour's house. Gerry continued on to the neighbour's home and returned the ladder.

Speaking to RTE Prime Time tonight, Ann Boyle said she believes Mary made it to the nearby road which links the townland of Cashelard with Belleek in Co. Fermanagh.

Mother of Mary Boyle describes anonymous hate mail from person pretending to be missing daughter

"I've begged to know for 40 years what happened to Mary. I don't want an inquest that Mary is dead. I want to believe that Mary is still alive somewhere. I have to live that way."

Ann's granddaughter Mary Duffy also spoke to RTE Prime Time. She never got to meet her aunt Mary, and as she visited the home in Cashelard that Mary was visiting when she vanished she said it was a very sad time.

"It's very sad to think this is the place Mary went missing. It's sad because I never got to meet Mary, and you just feel a sense of loss because this is where she was," she said.

Mother of Mary Boyle describes anonymous hate mail from person pretending to be missing daughter

RTE Prime Time revealed tonight that Ann Boyle has been subjected to hate mail in recent times.

"One was a Christmas card and the other was a letter, and the stuff that was in it was shocking. That threatened my life, and frightened the life out of me. One of them started off like it was from Mary. I mean, my God. That made me ill," Ann said.

Her granddaughter Mary said the hateful mail was very distressing for her grandmother.

"It's horrible and Nannie's afraid to be in her own home and no one should be left like that, it's horrible."

Meanwhile Gardai are asking anyone with information on Mary's disappearance to contact the Incident Room in Ballyshannon at 071 9858530 or the Garda Serious Crime Review Team on 01 6663444.

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