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Irish teenager is Metropolitan Police’s oldest missing person case

Mary Flanagan-nTHIS is teenager Mary Flanagan – the Irish girl who is the Metropolitan Police Service’s oldest missing person case.

On December 31, 1959, 16-year-old Mary Flanagan left her home in Wallace Road, West Ham, East London to go to a New Year’s Eve party. She never returned.

Mary’s younger siblings Brenda, Eileen and Kevin have never stopped looking for her and are desperate to find out what happened to their sister.

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Despite extensive investigative work over the years, the story of what happened to Mary has never been discovered.

Next month (June) Mary would be 70 and the Metropolitan Police Service has now issued an anniversary appeal for any information.

“Mary was a bright and friendly girl from an Irish Catholic family, who worked part-time at the Tate & Lyle sugar factory and also at Haymes Optical Frame shop in Stratford,” said a Met spokesperson.

“She attended Holbrook Road Secondary School and sometimes volunteered with the Blind Association. Mary may have had a boyfriend called Tom McGinty, who was Irish and was believed to have been in the Merchant Navy.”

The disappearance of Mary Flanagan is the Met’s oldest missing person case.

The investigation is being completely reviewed and new enquiries undertaken, under the supervision of DCI Dave Rock at Newham Police.

Mary is 5ft 2in tall and of medium build with hazel eyes. When she was last seen, she had dark, wavy hair and a tanned complexion.

If any ex or retired officers from East London were involved in the original investigation or know anything about the case, the Newham Police Missing Persons Unit would like to hear from them.

Please call 0208 217 5728 or information can also be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Siobhán Breatnach is the Editor-in-Chief of The Irish Post. You can follow her on Twitter @SBreatnach

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