Search for missing Trevor 'enters crucial stage' as specific area is targeted
Gardai searching a west Dublin green area for missing Trevor Deely will target the area of the dig site where they believe his body might be discovered.
The large-scale search operation has been ongoing over the last number of weeks at a three-acre site in Chapelizod.
It is now entering a crucial stage, according to sources.
In the first week of the search, a firearm was recovered wrapped in a plastic bag, which has undergone forensic examination.
It has not yet been established if the gun is linked to Mr Deely's disappearance. A Garda unit has been searching and clearing the site over the last three weeks. It is understood a number of key areas have been selected as being of interest.
An informant has told gardai that the bank employee was shot dead by a known criminal on the morning of his disappearance. Mr Deely, a Bank of Ireland worker, was last seen in the early hours of December 8, 2000, in the Haddington Road area of the city centre.
The individual who has given information to gardai has not supplied any motive for the alleged murder of Mr Deely.
It has been claimed he was killed after having an interaction with a criminal on the morning of his disappearance.
It is understood the source was not influenced by the offer last April of a €100,000 reward.
Officers also said it was not linked to any leads that had been examined in the past.
A well-known criminal from the Crumlin area has been nominated as a suspect by the informant. This man's associates were linked to prostitution in the south-inner city at the time of Trevor's disappearance, and are suspected of murdering Sinead Kelly (21) months previously.
The last known images of Mr Deely were captured by a CCTV camera at the junction of Haddington Road and Baggot Street, at 4.14am.
A man dressed in black, who gardai believe also spoke to Mr Deely outside his place of work minutes previously, can be seen following him in the direction of Haddington Road.
This footage was only made public earlier this year after a specialist unit, set up at Pearse Street Garda Station to review the case, secured improved CCTV images.
Since the dig got under way, the continuous flow of gardai entering the sealed-off woodland in Chapelizod marked just how extensive their recent search has become.