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Sunday 19 January 2020

Prison poster campaign aims to solve Trevor disappearance

  • Investigators make direct plea to inmates to share information

Missing bank worker Trevor Deely
Missing bank worker Trevor Deely

A poster campaign will begin in Irish prisons this week to seek information about the disappearance 19 years ago of bank worker Trevor Deely.

The posters will also be put up in visitor areas in the hope that families coming to see relatives who might have information will be encouraged to reveal it.

The initiative, by the Irish Prison Service, An Garda Siochana and Crimestoppers, is believed to be the first time an appeal has been made directly to inmates to try to solve a missing person case.

Gardai recently contacted the prison service to discuss the idea of extending the public appeal for information to the prison community.

Party

It was the prison service that came up with the idea of the poster campaign.

Trevor (22), originally from Naas, Co Kildare, but who lived on Serpentine Avenue, Ballsbridge, attended his work's Christmas party at the Hilton Hotel, Dublin 2, on December 7, 2000.

Afterwards, he went to Buck Whaley's nightclub on Leeson Street, and left there between 2.30am and 3.25am on Dec- ember 8.

The weather on the night was very wet and there was a taxi strike on.

At 3.35am, Trevor called to his place of work at Bank of Ireland, Asset Management (BIAM) Offices, on Fitzwilliam Place.

In a 2017 review of the case, CCTV footage was enhanced using the latest technology, and for the first time Trevor could be seen at the back gate of BIAM talking with an unknown man at 3.35am.

That man has never been identified.

Trevor was last seen passing the Bank of Ireland cash dispenser on Haddington Road at 4.14am.

Thirty-one seconds later, a male was captured on CCTV walking in the same direction as Trevor.

It has not been confirmed if this is the same man seen speaking to him at the rear entrance to BIAM.

Trevor was reported missing by his family and an investigation was launched by gardai at Harcourt Terrace and Irishtown Garda Stations.

In 2017, a criminal came forward to gardai, alleging that a member of a dysfunctional crime family shot and buried Trevor.

Gardai were told Trevor was shot after an interaction with a Crumlin criminal unknown to him and his body was taken to a wooded area in Chapelizod and buried.

The man told investigating detectives he had no interest in the €100,000 reward being offered for any significant information in relation to Trevor's disappearance, saying instead he could no longer keep the information a secret.

Gardai later searched a three-acre wooded site in Chapelizod, but no trace of Trevor was found.

Trevor had no involvement in crime and did not associate with criminals.

However, gardai have taken the unprecedented step of approaching the operational support group of the Irish Prison Service and seeking advice on a campaign within jails in the hope it could yield positive results.

One poster is aimed at prisoners and is displayed in areas where they regularly make phone calls.

It urges anyone with information to ring the prison service confidential line.

Access

The second poster is aimed at visitors and is displayed in screening and visitor areas with the confidential line number 1800 855717 shown.

"It is a unique and innovative way of continuing the ongoing co-operation and sharing of information between An Garda Siochana and the Irish Prison Service, in conjunction with Crimestoppers," said a prison official.

"The appeal is being made directly to inmates who might not have access to the on- going campaigns for information that happen regularly in the wider public outside of prisons."

Trevor was six-foot-one, of slim build, with short red-brown hair and a fair complexion.

He was last seen carrying a large dark-blue umbrella with white ACC Bank lettering.

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