Sandra Collins

  • It's 20 years this week since Mayo woman Sandra Collins disappeared without a trace.

    Her family in Crossmolina are among hundreds of families today remembering their loved ones, on National Missing Persons Day.

    An event is usually held in Dublin for the families of those missing, but due to Covid-19 restrictions, today's event is taking place online with the Minister for Justice Helen McEntee and Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.

    Gardai have confirmed that 813 missing persons cases remain open, as of today.

    Sandra Collins disappeared in Killala on the night of December 4th 2000.

    Despite numerous appeals by her family and Gardai, her remains have never been located.

    Sandra's siblings Patrick, David, Bridie and Mary are again appealing to anyone who has information on their sister to come forward - even at this late stage - so that Sandra can be laid to rest with her parents and her brother James.

    Speaking to Midwest News today, Patrick Collins admitted this is a tough week for the family, as it marks 20 years since Sandra's sudden disappearance.

  • Gardai again appeal for information on the disappearance of Sandra Collins of Killala who went missing 18years ago today, the 4th December 2000.

    On this day, 18 years ago, Sandra was reported missing in the Killala town area.

    Garda Superintendent Joe Doherty, the District Officer leading the investigation is today appealing to any person or persons who may be in a position to provide any information , no matter how small, in connection with Sandra’s disappearance to now come forward and make contact with the investigation team based in Ballina or with local gardai based in Killala or any member of the garda siochana.

    The contact number at Ballina garda station is 096 20560, or the garda confidential line at 1800 666 111.

    Superintendent Doherty told Midwest News this morning that this is very much an ongoing investigation and he is appealing to anyone with any information to make contact with the gardai and assist them in bringing the matter to a conclusion for the sake of Sandra’s family.

     

  • Gardai in Mayo have confirmed that they are continuing to investigate the disappearance of Sandra Collins from Killala two decades ago.

    A fresh appeal for information was launched last December, on the 20th anniversary of her disappearance.

    A Garda spokesman told Midwest News today that they met with the Collins family the week before last to update them on the investigation, which remains live.

    Sandra disappeared on the night of December 4th 2000, and her jacket was later found on Killala Pier.

    Her siblings believe she was killed, and have appealed on many occasions for information on the whereabouts of her body, so that she can be buried alongside her parents and brother.

    Gardai say this remains an active investigation, and have appealed to anyone with information to come forward and give the family the closure they deserve.

     

  • The disappearance of Crossmolina native Sandra Collins in Killala twenty years ago this month will be featured on tonight's Crimecall programme on RTE One television.

    On the night of 4th December 2000, Sandra left her aunt's home to go to the local shop and was later seen in a takeaway in Killala.

    She has never been seen since, and her family are facing into another Christmas not knowing what happened to her.

    Sandra's brother Patrick, who will be taking part in tonight's Crimecall programme, told Midwest News that the family will continue with their campaign to have Sandra's remains found and buried alongside their parents....

  • The brother of a North Mayo woman who disappeared more than 20 years ago has thanked the public for the new information that Gardai have received in recent weeks.

    Sandra Collins disappeared on the night of December 4th 2000, and her jacket was later found on Killala Pier.

    Her siblings believe she is no longer alive and have appealed on many occasions for information on the whereabouts of her body, so that she can be buried alongside her parents and brother.

    Sandra's brother Patrick says they are spurred on by this new information and feels they are getting closer to finding his sister.

    He has been speaking to Midwest Radio's Michael D. McAndrew.....

  • Today marks the 19th anniversary of the disappearance of Mayo's Sandra Collins, and her family are again appealing to anyone with information to come forward so they can bring her home for burial.

    Originally from Fotish, Crossmolina, Sandra - who was 29 at the time - disappeared from Killala where she was caring for her aunt.

    She left her home in Killala on the evening of 4th December 2000 to buy groceries, and was seen later that night in a chip shop, but never seen since.

    Her jacket was found on the pier in Killala five days later, and 19 years on, her brother Patrick Collins is again appealing to anyone with information to come forward in confidence.

    He says it's impossible for the family to move on, without knowing what happened to Sandra 19 years ago.

    Meanwhile, the 7th annual National Missing Persons Day takes place in Dublin today.

    The event commemorates those who have gone missing, and recognises the lasting trauma for their families and friends, as well as drawing attention to unsolved missing person cases.

    Minister of State David Staunton will attend the event at Kings Inns this morning.