An Garda Siochana has this morning confirmed that checkpoints will be operational around the Killala area today in a bid to yield fresh information in relation to the Sandra Collins case.
The initiative is being undertaken to mark the 20th anniversary of Sandra’s disappearance from Killala on the night of December 4, 2000 and will also include the distribution of appeal posters, bearing the picture of the young woman who was 28 years of age and had just discovered she was pregnant at the time of her disappearance.
The last confirmed sighting of Sandra Collins was on the night of Monday December 4, 2000 at approximately 11pm at the Country Kitchen premises George’s Street, Killala where she as living with an aunt.
The search for Sandra has continued in the ensuing 20 years and remains active.
It is led by Detective Superintendent Joe McKenna, together with Mayo Crime and Superintendent Joe Doherty, Ballina Community Engagement Area.
Today the investigation team is renewing its appeal for information and is asking the public if they have any piece of information which they feel relevant to this investigation to make contact with them.
Chief Superintendent Tony Healy of the Mayo Garda Division thanked the public for its assistance with the case to date. He urged anyone with information to make contact with An Garda Siochana in whatever way they can stressing that any details – no matter how insignificant people may regard them – are of relevance to the ongoing investigation and will be followed up.
Backing An Garda Siochana’s latest appeal for information, Sandra’s brother, Patrick Collins, said the family has endured two decades of turmoil and sadness:
“Our parents, Eleanor and Joe have gone to their graves far too soon due to emotional stress and the anguish they carried over our beloved Sandra. Nothing but nothing can be as bad as not having Sandra’s remains back. I have dreamt of a small family funeral for Sandra. I wake up with tears running down my face and yet realize it will be one of the greatest days of my life. I can visit her grave. We will have her home. We can talk to her at her graveside. We can lay flowers. We can grieve. Please give us our sister back,” he said.
Chief Supt Healy added, “Sandra’s family have been separated and grieving her loss for 20 years now. It is possible that information you have may help progress this investigation and help give the Collins’ family some closure as they approach another Christmas without her”.
Anyone with information can contact Ballina Garda Station on 096-20560, any Garda Station, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or Crimestoppers 1800 250 025.