Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A SEARCH for the body of a Stradbally postman, missing since Christmas day 1929, had to be postponed due to fears that the high level of public interest was turning the search into a circus.

A new search for the body of Larry Griffin had been due to take place on Sunday but worries that the event would turn into a safety hazard for the public meant it had to be cancelled. The search will now take place at an undisclosed time.

The case of the missing postman has garnered much attention in recent years following the publication of a book by Fachtna Ó Drisceoil. It tells the story of the mysterious disappearance of the postman and how 10 people were later arrested and charged with the murder of Mr Griffin.

The accused included the local school principal, a publican and two members of An Garda Síochána. However, the case against the accused collapsed in dramatic fashion in a Waterford courthouse when the state’s chief witness withdrew his evidence. No one else was subsequently charged in relation to the postman’s disappearance and his body was never found.

The new search had been instigated by the author of that book in conjunction with the Griffin family. Wexford based company Apex Geoservices have offered their expertise in modern underground surveying techniques to search for human remains at a location near Stradbally called Ballyvoile. It is thought that the body of the Missing Postman may have been buried under the road at Ballyvoile during roadworks that took place there around Christmas 1929.

Speaking about the postponement, Fachtna said, “It was postponed because of excessive public interest. There were safety concerns that a large number of people would turn up on a narrow country road so we are now going to do it unannounced. The decision was taken on Saturday after we decided that it was in danger of turning into a circus.”

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