Some interesting tidbits in this article.
Deely hunt restarts following tip-off:
Information from a “credible source” who has direct knowledge of what became of Trevor Deely, the 22-year-old Kildare man who vanished without trace in Dublin almost 17 years ago, prompted gardai to begin searching woodlands on the city outskirts yesterday.
Officers began a search of the land, which borders the River Liffey in Chapelizod, for the missing man’s remains. This followed weeks during which they assessed “credible information” provided by a source, who told gardai the missing man’s remains are buried at the three-acre site, owned by South Dublin county council.
It is understood that the source decided to provide the information after being interviewed during a “cold case review” of the original investigation. The scene at Chapelizod is being treated as a “crime scene” by gardai, such is the significance of the information provided.
Detective Inspector Paul Costello, who is leading the inquiry, described the search as the “most significant” development in the Deely investigation to date.
Deely was last seen alive walking past a Bank of Ireland ATM on Haddington Road at 4.14am on December 8, 2000. He had earlier called into his workplace at the Bank of Ireland Asset Management office on Wilton Terrace in the early hours of December 8, after attending a Christmas party.
A review this year of the first garda investigation into his disappearance identified a man standing outside the rear entrance of the bank prior to Deely arriving there. The man appears to hide behind a pillar where he waits for 35 minutes until Deely arrives, and they converse for a few moments.
The same man was captured on CCTV walking behind Deely along Haddington Road. The surrounding area along the canal was often frequented by criminals involved in street theft, drug dealing and pimping.
The CCTV images were the last confirmed sighting of Deely alive. His mobile phone records show that his handset was used at 4.06am when he called a friend to say all was going well.
The case has dogged the gardai for almost 17 years. More than 50 officers were assigned to the inquiry at its peak but, despite extensive inquiries and several arrests, they could not determine what became of the missing man. Many detectives privately suspected that Deely may have died after he was assaulted or robbed in the city on the night he vanished. Few officers believed he had accidentally fallen into the Grand Canal before being swept out to sea.
“Trevor Deely never fell into a river. Something awful happened to him. We all just hope his remains are recovered and those responsible are prosecuted,” said a detective who worked the case.
The case was kept alive by Deely’s family, who lobbied the authorities for action and continued to appeal for witnesses. Crime Stoppers recently offered a reward of €100,000 for information.