Monday 20 October 2014

Underwater searches for Dublin men who went missing last month

Published 16/05/2014 | 11:18

Eoin O'Connor (L) and Anthony Keegan
Eoin O'Connor (L) and Anthony Keegan

Gardai have begun a search along the boundaries of counties Cavan and Meath for two Dublin men who went missing last month.

Eoin O’Connor (32) and Anthony Keegan (33) were last seen in county Cavan on the night of Tuesday, April 22.

Gardai search teams, including underwater and dog units, moved into  areas in the Cavan Meath border this morning just after 9am.

Detectives suspect that their disappearnce is connecected to the activities of a criminal gang. There are fears they have been murdered by a violent drugs gang.

The lands around Mount Nugent have already been searched in the hunt for the two men but gardai are now involved in a wider hunt around the area.

Earlier this week, Eoin’s brother Ruairi has posted on Facebook that he is offering €10,000 to “anyone that knows anything about my brother and Bod’s disappearance.”

He added: “Someone knows something - the boys have family that need them home. I won’t rest until I find them. I love you bro.”

Heartbroken family and friends of the missing Coolock men continued their desperate search for them last weekend when they handed out leaflets and continued with a land and lake search in Co Cavan.

One line of inquiry is that the men were murdered by mistake after one of them was wrongly identified as the Coolock gang boss who was actually owed the money by the Cavan-based criminals.

The gang boss is one of the capital’s most feared criminals and is currently facing charges in relation to a Tiger Kidnapping.

Sources say that there has been tension between him and some pals of the missing men who have accused him of “setting them up to be murdered”.

This tension is now being actively monitored by specialist garda units, according to sources.

Gardai have been trying to locate the man after they searched a number of properties on the shores of Lough Sheelin a fortnight ago but there still has been no trace of them.

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The man, who the two pals were intending to visit when they disappeared, has given a statement to gardai claiming that the duo had travelled north and that he had bought €350 worth of cannabis herb from them.

Detectives are keeping an open mind in relation to the ongoing investigation

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