The latest appeal for information on the disappearance of Charles Brooke Pickard, 42, is in light of new avenues of enquiry which have been identified.
The case has been examined by the garda serious crime review team’s cold case unit and “arising from that new lines of investigation have opened up”, Supt Flor Murphy of Killarney gardaí said yesterday.
Gardaí believe Mr Pickard, who had moved to live in Castlecove in south Kerry, was killed in the immediate aftermath of the abduction and his body disposed of — it has never been recovered.
Masked men were seen moving towards Mr Pickard’s van on the White Strand near Castlecove on April 26, 1991 — three weeks later his English registered van was found burnt out in a forested area 25 miles away.
Gardaí were appealing to people who had been “on the periphery “of the abduction 25 years ago, or who may not have been in a position to give information at the time to come forward”.
“We want to advance the investigation and also bring closure to his wife Penny and their three sons,” Supt Murphy said.
Mr Pickard and his wife Penny had moved to Castlecove from Leeds in 1983. They had four children aged 15, 11, 7 and 5, at the time of his disappearance. The family were hit with a number of tragedies after the abduction, including the death in a road traffic accident of Lisa, the eldest child.
Gardaí believe Mr Pickard was abducted, killed and despite extensive searches his body has never been recovered. The last his wife Penny, and children saw of him was when he left home on that Friday morning.
His abduction featured on Crime Call on RTÉ1 last night.