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Charles Brooke PickardGardaí will begin excavating a site near Waterville today as part of their investigation into the abduction of a man who went missing 25 years ago.

Charles Brooke Pickard was last seen at White Strand in Castlecove on April 26th, 1991 when he was abducted and driven away in his van by a number of men.

The site that’s to be excavated is at Derrennageeha, Ballaghisheen Pass, some 20 kilometres from Waterville.


Today, Killarney gardaí start their excavation of a site at a Coillte forest in Derrennageeha, Ballaghisheen Pass, Waterville.

The site is some 27 miles from where Charles Brooke Pickard was abducted at White Strand, Castlecove and it’s less than a kilometre from where his navy Ford Transit van was found burned out in May 1991, twenty days after he was bundled into the vehicle by a number of men.

The Defence Forces are assisting gardaí who’ve been in consultation with an anthropologist.

The search is expected to last at least a week and the family of Charles Brooke Pickard are being kept updated.

The development follows renewed appeals for information.

Charles Brooke Pickard was 43 years old, married with four children, at the time of his disappearance.