Family break silence over 19-year-old’s death

The death of Denise O’Donnell is to be re-examined.

THE family of Denise O’Donnell have broken their silence to welcome the news that cold case detectives are to re-examine her death.

Miss O’Donnell’s body was found floating in the River Mourne in November 1976. Despite an official verdict of drowning, suspicion has long lingered that the 19-year-old was murdered.


The Strabane Chronicle revealed exclusively last week that cold case officers are to re-examine the case, with a new 60-page dossier being central to any fresh investigation.

Now for the first time since Miss O’Donnell’s death, members of the Barr family have broken their silence to welcome the latest development. Miss O’Donnell was a sister of the late Sinn Féin councillor Ivan Barr.

In a statement to this newspaper, the family said the death had left them devastated.

“The Barr/O’Donnell family welcome the recent disclosure from the PSNI that they are re-examining evidence pertaining to the death of Denise.”


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