Man arrested in connection with disappearance of Sandra Collins

A man in his forties was arrested on Thursday morning by gardaí in relation to the disappearance of Sandra Collins from the Killala area in 2000. The man is currently detained, under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, at Ballina Garda Station.

A 21-year-old woman who was being questioned by gardaí on Wednesday in relation to withholding information about the disappearance of Sandra Collins (29 ), was released without charge on Thursday morning.

Sandra Collins was last seen in a takeaway shop on George’s Street in Killala at 11pm on December 4, 2000. After a fresh appeal in December, which marked the 10th anniversary of Ms Collins’ disappearance, gardaí appealed for information regarding a white van which was in the Killala area at the time that Ms Collins was last seen.

Ms Collins is described as being 152cm (5ft ) and of slim build. When last seen she was wearing black trousers, a maroon polo neck jumper, a beige sleeveless jacket, and black boots.

Anyone with information about the white van or Ms Collins should contact Ballina Garda station on 096 20560, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111, or any Garda station.

Bodies discovered in the Moy

On Thursday at 9.20am the body of a woman, who has been missing from Roscommon, was discovered in the River Moy.

The body of Teresa Loftus from Cloontowart, Lisacul, was found by the Foxford District Search and Rescue Team, who have been scanning the local area for the woman since she was last sighted in Foxford on Friday March 4.

The previous day, the body of a man in his 60s was found by Naval Service divers in the River Moy, Ballina. The man has been named locally as Tommy Helly from Ballina.

This discovery was made during a continued search for a 19-year-old man who has been missing since March 13.

A full scale search and rescue operation was carried out during the week for the youth — who was last seen in difficulty in the River Moy — by the Irish coastguard helicopter, the Killala coastguard unit, the Grainne Uaile sub-aqua club, the civil defence, and local volunteers.

It is believed that Mr Helly may have been assisting in the search for the youth.

Navy divers are continuing the search for the 19-year-old.


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