Maeve Sheehan: Shadowy 'man in black' could be the key to the mystery of missing Trevor
The family of a young man who vanished 16 years ago have been given renewed hope
Every year, Trevor Deely's family have put their lives on pause to remind the country that their cherished son and brother has been missing since December 8, 2000. They have given interviews. Their prolific posters appealing for information about the red-haired 22-year-old became so iconic that they inspired an art exhibition. Last Friday, the Deely family gathered at Garda headquarters for another appeal for information. This time it was different.
When Trevor vanished, quite literally without trace, on his way home from an office Christmas party in Dublin, gardai could find no suspects, let alone witnesses. His last known movements were captured on grainy CCTV footage when he walked out of the frame at 4.14am, after which he simply disappeared.
Sixteen years on, the Garda review of the missing persons case has not only uncovered new witnesses, it has also delivered up a "person of interest", a figure who was recently digitally enhanced from a grainy blob on an old VHS security tape into a sturdy-looking man dressed in black and wearing a beanie hat who follows Trevor.