Dad of missing Trevor Deely: 'The pain never goes away'
The father of missing Trevor Deely has told how the unsuccessful search operation for his son has left him "emotionally drained".
Michael and Ann Deely and their three other children will tomorrow mark the 17th anniversary of the disappearance of 22-year-old Trevor with a prayer service in their home town of Naas, Co Kildare.
Michael (75) said his hopes of a breakthrough in the case had been raised earlier this year after renewed appeals and CCTV images led to what was the most significant search yet for the missing bank official.
Dozens of gardaí took part in a painstaking dig at a 12-acre site in west Dublin in August, following new information. But the family's hopes of a breakthrough were dashed when gardaí confirmed there was no trace of Trevor.
Speaking on National Missing Persons Day, which was marked with a ceremony at Farmleigh House in Dublin's Phoenix Park, Michael said his overriding emotion in what has been a rollercoaster of a year, was "huge frustration".
"For years and years we had got nowhere and there were no new leads in the case, and then all of a sudden there was a very dramatic development. In terms of the investigation into Trevor, it's been the most active year we have had.
"But unfortunately nothing has come of it. Of course I'd been hoping that this anniversary and this Christmas period might be different and that we'd get a breakthrough, but that hasn't happened."