Saturday 23 March 2019

'Six-week search was horrendous', says Deely family

Michele says the search for Trevor has been 'horrendous'
Michele says the search for Trevor has been 'horrendous'
Trevor Deely

Trevor Deely's siblings have revealed how the recent dig for their missing brother was a horrendous experience for them.

Gardai embarked on a five-week search of a site at Chapelizod in west Dublin for the missing Bank of Ireland worker, which concluded in September. However, no trace of Mr Deely was found.

The 22-year-old disappeared nearly 17 years ago, on December 8, 2000, and was last seen in the Haddington Road area of the city centre.

His brother Mark and sister Michele Deely appeared on RTE's Ray D'Arcy Show on Saturday night, and insisted there was still hope.


"His name is known everywhere. That image of him, the ginger head on him. He wasn't actually that ginger at all, you know," said Mark of the posters erected city-wide in the aftermath of his disappearance.

In relation to the dig, which started in August, Michele said that gardai started searching there after someone came forward with some new information.

She described the dig as "a pretty horrendous experience to go through for us as a family".

"A dig has a very sinister connotation," she said.

"Somebody did come forward with some information that the gardai felt had enough credibility for them to pursue.

"So they undertook an incredibly extensive search of that area, and it was a big area, and it was difficult for them to search.

"It went on for what felt like infinity. It was six weeks, so it was a long search. But we got to the end of it and nothing.

"We do this because we want to find Trevor," she added.

"We do need to find Trevor, and we'd like some peace in that regard."

The family has heard various theories offered about what may have happened to Trevor on that day in 2000.

"There is nothing we haven't heard," said Mark. "We've heard everything. You can't tell us a story about Trevor we haven't heard.

"I think the easy way is to say he's gone, but he deserves more than this.

"I want to know what happened. Something did. He's missing, so something happened and I want to know what happened."

Mr Deely's father Michael has previously told how he has to stay strong for the rest of the family. "I get tired, but my nature is optimistic," he said.

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