Irish woman battling cancer begs gardai to quiz last person who saw her missing sister
A woman battling cancer has begged gardai to again quiz the last man to see her missing sister alive.
Mary Phelan has endured a tortuous 20-year search for Jo Jo Dullardâs body but insisted to the Irish Mirror last night: âThis case can be cracked.â
She said her biggest struggle remains the hunt for justice after the 21-year-old vanished without a trace while hitch-hiking home to Kilkenny in 1995.
Speaking from her hospital bed in Castlecomer, Mary made a fresh appeal for gardai to question the last man to see her sister alive.
He was questioned twice in the 1990s but no charges were brought.
Mary told the Irish Mirror: âHow much longer do I have to wait for something to happen? The clock is ticking.â
Fresh hope came last October when officers kick-started a new probe.
Mary, who insists she knows who the killer is, spent eight hours in Leixlip Garda station giving a 20-page statement.
She added: âItâs six months ago now since I went up to Kildare and they said they were going to get the investigation going.
âI poured my heart out and opened up about everything going back 22 years ago and what happened afterwards.
âAt the time I really thought that statement I made would have been enough to bring the last man who saw her alive in and question him. I thought something wouldâve happened by now.
âI left the station and I got a genuine feeling something was going to happen.
âI know they probably look at it like it was over 20 years ago there isnât enough evidence to catch him.
âBut would interviewing the last person to see her alive not be an obvious place to start?â
Last March, the Irish Mirror revealed a senior garda told Mary in 1996 he believed trainee beautician Jo Jo had been raped and murdered.
He also claimed to the family that a massive cover-up was protecting the politically-connected killer.
Belfast-based human rights lawyer Gavin Booth took on the case and urged gardai to reactivate it.
Mary said: âI donât expect the gardai who told us back then about the cover-up to come clean about what happened back then. They are retired now.
âBut I do believe that with the right will this case can be cracked.
âI wonât ever give up on her. I donât want the public to forget her. I want the fight to go on. Her killer has not been jailed. He walks around as free.â
A garda spokesman said: âWe do not comment on named individuals or comments by third parties. The investigation is ongoing.âVideo Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play nowSource: Google News