Family in emotional plea to help find teen
Reward of €10,000 is offered as fears grow for Daniel
Published 20/04/2010 | 05:00
THE family of missing teenager Daniel McAnaspie yesterday made a tearful plea for help to find him.
His aunt, Edel McAnaspie, said: "We just want to see him again, playing his PlayStation and listening to his music."
Another aunt, Sabrina, added: "All he wanted was to turn 18 in November and to travel the world."
Sixty gardai have been involved in a painstaking search for Daniel since he went missing in the early hours of February 26.
The search area has been widened out beyond the Blanchardstown and Finglas areas of west Dublin after a massive comb-out of fields, lakes and a stretch of the Royal Canal failed to yield any clues to his disappearance.
Senior officers hope that their inquiries will be given a boost as a result of a Crimestoppers' offer of a reward of up to €10,000 for information, which could help the investigation.
Supt Dave Dowling said: "We are gravely concerned for his safety. There are people out there who know what happened and we are asking them to come forward and contact Crimestoppers in confidence on 1800 250025."
Callers to Crimestoppers do not have to identify themselves and will be paid the cash if the information they supply leads directly to the discovery of Daniel's whereabouts.
The launch of the Crimestoppers' appeal was attended yesterday by the 17-year-old's aunts, Sabrina and Edel, and two sisters, Caitriona and Nikita.
Asked how the family had been coping over the past two months, Sabrina said: "Not too good. We don't sleep at night. We walk around Blanchardstown day in and day out.
"We need Daniel home. The girls have not stopped crying over the past eight weeks," she added. "It's hard on the family.
"He didn't do anything wrong. All he wanted was to turn 18, which he will be in November, and to travel the world."
They pleaded with anybody who might have some information to pass it on in confidence.
Daniel was last seen between 3.30am and 4am on Friday, February 26, in the Whitestown area of Blanchardstown, in the company of youths aged between 16 and 22 years.
He is 5ft 7in tall, of slim build with brown hair. When last seen, he was wearing a navy coloured jacket, with a hoodie, navy three-stripe Adidas tracksuit bottoms and white runners.
Daniel had earlier been spotted near the Erin's Isle GAA club in Finglas at 4.30pm on February 25 and then travelled to Whitestown Avenue.
He had a mobile phone with him when he was last seen but it has not been in use since.
Gardai have investigated reports that Daniel was attacked by a couple of youths, punched and then stabbed to death. But they have found no evidence to substantiate the reports.