« BackKillarney Superintendent hopeful of discovering remains of man abducted 25 years ago

Gardaí are hopeful of discovering the remains of a man who was abducted in South Kerry 25 years ago.


A dig has been taking place today at a forest in Derrennageeha, Ballaghisheen Pass, Waterville for Charles Brooke Pickard who was last seen at White Strand, Castlecove on April 26th, 1991.

The 43-year-old, who was married with four children, was bundled into his van by a number of men.

Speaking at a press conference at Killarney Garda Station, Superintendent Flor Murphy says Mr Brooke Pickard’s abduction had been clearly planned.

He’s been telling Radio Kerry’s Jerry O’Sullivan that the search for Charles Brooke Pickard will continue:

The woodland terrain of Doirín na Gaoithe has become the focus of the search as to where Charles Brooke Pickard’s final resting place might be.

ballaghisheen1A site in the South Kerry Gaeltacht of Uíbh Ráthach – in the woodland area of Doirín na Gaoithe (Derreennageeha) – is where excavation teams today focused their attention.

The site is less than a kilometre from where Charles Brooke Pickard’s navy Ford Transit van was found burned out on May 16th 1991 at Srón an Locháin forrest, 27 miles from where he was abducted.

Doirín na Gaoithe is situated off Bealach Oisín, an elevated mountain pass beginning in Glencar and continuing down towards Waterville and Cahersiveen.

Part of this scenic terrain is extensively covered with dense woodland as Coillte forestry extends across the mountain.


Today Gardaí from Killarney and Cahersiveen assisted the Defence Forces in their excavation works.

While day one of the search was blessed with dry and sunny conditions – grounds in denser woodland area proved still wet from heavy rains in previous days.

Gardaí said the search would continue at the site into the evening as long as visibility and weather conditions were favourable.

The search effort is expected to continue throughout the week.

Gardaí are also consulting an anthropologist on the matter.