Garda water unit arrives but Trevor Deely dig could take 'at least another fortnight'
The Garda water unit is now taking part in the search for missing man Trevor Deely, with divers searching an area of the River Liffey which runs alongside a wooded area.
Gardaí have been searching the site at Chapelizod in west Dublin for over three weeks and the detailed operation is expected to last for at least another fortnight.
No trace of Mr Deely has been found and it is not known if a handgun recovered in the first days of the search may have been used in the suspected murder. The weapon was found wrapped in plastic and partially buried.
Gardaí brought a boat to the three-acre dig site on Sunday morning and yesterday they began searching the river.
Garda specialist teams have begun targeted digs at specific locations on the land.
Key areas have been selected using a combination of intelligence and technology that helps pinpoint the areas where a body is most likely to be buried.
"This search could last for at least another fortnight. It will not end until gardaí are 100pc sure that Trevor is not there," a senior source said last night.
"Everyone is hoping for a successful conclusion, but no trace of Trevor has been found."
Mr Deely, a Bank of Ireland worker, was last seen in the early hours of December 8, 2000, in the Haddington Road area of the city centre.
The last known images of him were captured by a CCTV camera at the junction of Haddington Road and Baggot Street at 4.14am.
A man dressed in black, who gardaí believe also spoke to Mr Deely outside his place of work minutes previously, can be seen following him in the direction of Haddington Road.
This footage was only made public earlier this year after a specialist unit, set up in Pearse Street garda station to review the case, secured improved CCTV images.
Last month, it emerged that an informant came forward and alleged that a member of a dysfunctional crime family shot and buried Mr Deely.
The criminal told investigating detectives he had no interest in the €100,000 reward being offered for any significant information in relation to Mr Deely's disappearance, but instead said he cannot keep the information a secret any longer.
The alleged suspect, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is a well-known criminal who has been involved in various crimes over several decades.