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Gardaí resume their search today for a man who hasn’t been seen since he was abducted in South Kerry 25 years ago.

Charles Brooke Pickard

Last Tuesday, gardaí and the Defence Forces began their excavation in a remote forest some 20 kilometres from Waterville.

43-year-old Charles Brooke Pickard, a father of four, hasn’t been seen since April 26th, 1991 when he was bundled into his van by a group of men at White Strand, Castlecove.

Last week, gardaí started their dig of a site in a remote forest in Derrennageeha (Doirín na Gaoithe), Ballaghisheen Pass (Bealach Oisín), Waterville which is in the Iveragh Gaeltacht – the location is less than a kilometre from where Mr Brooke Pickard’s van was found burned out in May 1991 and 27 miles from where he was abducted.

Gardaí and the Defence Forces resume their search this morning after breaking for the weekend.

Killarney Superintendent Flor Murphy says the team of up to 20 spent last week removing vegetation, debris and heather from the Coillte forest site.

They have been using metal detectors and sonar equipment in the search for Mr Brooke Pickard’s remains.

Superintendent Murphy has praised the professionalism and expertise of the Defence Forces and garda team involved.