Missing man Trevor Deely: Gardaí appealing for man in security camera footage to come forward
Gardai investigating the disappearance of Trevor Deely, who went missing after attending an office Christmas party more than 16 years ago, have uncovered a new witness.
Officers are now trying to identify the man, who spoke to Mr Deely, shortly before he disappeared.
They hope that the man could help them open up new lines of inquiry.
Trevor Deely (22), from Naas, Co Kildare, worked with Bank of Ireland Asset Management in Dublin.
On December 8, 2000, he socialised with work colleagues at a Christmas party in a south city hotel and then a group moved on to a nightclub in Leeson Street.
CCTV footage showed that Mr Deely walked back to his office at Haddington Street and collected an umbrella there.
Trevor left Buck Whaley's nightclub in Leeson Street after a Christmas party and entered his workplace nearby at Bank of Ireland Asset Management at 3.30am.
Trevor was a member of the IT department of the bank and when he arrived he was "drowned wet", said fellow staff member Karl Pender who was working overnight in IT.
Trevor chatted with Karl, briefly logged onto his computer, then went for a coffee with Karl to the office canteen and chatted about the night's Christmas party. He picked up a big umbrella and left the building as the rain poured down.
Around 4am, Trevor called his close friend Glen Cullen and left a voice message telling him he was on his way home and he would talk to him tomorrow. He never reached his apartment.
But as a result of an enhancement of images taken from the CCTV cameras gardai are now aware that a man was standing in the doorway of the office, possibly sheltering from heavy rain, as Mr Deely walked in shortly before 3.30am.
Mr Deely is seen talking briefly to the man and then walked into the office.
The man is later shown walking across the road.
CCTV footage later shows Mr Deely leaving the building and walking along Haddington Road, shortly before 4.15 am.
The footage contains an image of a man walking behind Mr Deely but it is not clear if this is the same man who had earlier been in the doorway.
The footage had been enhanced by experts in the UK after a garda cold case review of the original investigation into Mr Deely's disappearance.
Gardai do not yet know if the emergence of a new witness, who had contact with Mr Deely in his final hours, is important but say they are anxious to identify the man and interview him.
They say the discovery of the witness will take on much greater significance if he is shown to be the man, who walked behind Mr Deely.
Officers had said previously that Mr Deely had appeared to be in good spirits during the party and had telephoned a close friend to tell him he had enjoyed the night and would talk to him again later.
Full details of the latest development will be disclosed by investigating gardai at a Crimestoppers press conference in Harcourt Square on Friday morning.
The family of Mr Deely has said this development has given them new hope.
Trevor's father Michael told RTE News: "It's still very hard to live with, it's a difficult time but any development like this does bring renewed hope."
Michael said while there "may be nothing in this, on the other hand this man has not come forward and he was one of the last people to speak to Trevor before he disappeared."
Anyone with information about Trevor’s disappearance is asked to contact Pearse Street Garda station on 01 6669000 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.