Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

'Please help solve mum's death'

A YOUNG Londonderry woman today begged for help in her desperate attempt to solve the mystery surrounding her mother's death 13 years ago.

A YOUNG Londonderry woman today begged for help in her desperate attempt to solve the mystery surrounding her mother's death 13 years ago.

Collette Crockett, a 38-year-old mother-of-one, was found dead near a stream in an isolated area on the outskirts of Londonderry on September 29, 1990, a week after she was last seen leaving a local bar.

An inquest ruled that the single mum died as a result of drowning but a coroner admitted at the inquest that he was 'dissatisfied' that no explanation had been put forward as to how the dead woman came to be in the location.

And Ms Crockett's 19-year-old daughter, Karleen Taylor, today said she believed that her mother may have been murdered.

Ms Taylor appealed for anyone with information about her mother's death to come forward, in the hope that police will re-open their investigation.

"Somebody, somewhere knows what happened to my mother," she said.

Ms Taylor, who was adopted by an aunt and uncle following her mother's death, said she had only recently discovered the suspicious nature of her death.

"I had always been aware that my mother was supposed to have drowned but I did not know the full circumstances," she said.

"But having looked at all the evidence, it does not add up."

Ms Crockett was last seen leaving the Foyle Tavern Bar at John Street shortly after 11pm on September 22, 1990. She had also earlier left the bar and got into a red car before returning to the premises.

A PSNI spokesman today confirmed that police would need new evidence before they could consider re-opening the investigation into Ms Crockett's death.

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