Gardai carry out 'most significant' search for Trevor Deely in south Dublin
- Area around Chapelizod sealed off for the next few days
- Gardai describe it as the 'most significant search' for Trevor Deely since his disappearance
- Issue fresh appeal for witnesses
GARDAI investigating the disappearance of Trevor Deely, who went missing 17 years ago, are searching an area in south Dublin - and have described it as their "most significant" search.
The family of the 22-year-old from Naas in Kildare has been informed.
Mr Deely was last seen walking home from a Christmas party in December 2000.
Detectives from Pearse Street Garda Station have never closed the file on Mr Deely, and are hopeful for a breakthrough on the case.
Officers have been searching a site in Chapelizod in Dublin since early this morning. The site is three acres of woodland that leads down to the Liffey river. The search is expected to last at least a couple of days.
Last December they started a cold case review which looked at evidence gathered such as CCTV footage.
Mr Deely was last seen on Haddington Road, close to Baggot Street Bridge, in the early hours of the morning on the 8th December 2000.
Gardaí continue to appeal for information, after numerous appeals over the years has failed to provide little information on what happened to Mr Deely.
Last April cold case gardai investigating the case revealed that modern forensic technology had enabled fresh enhancement of CCTV footage from Haddington Road.
The footage revealed a man dressed in black, previously unknown to investigators, speaking to Trevor outside his workplace shortly before he vanished.
It is understood that gardai have been unable to identify that man.
Speaking on Claire Byrne live on RTE One at that time, Trevor's sister Michelle Deely appealed for the man on the CCTV to come forward.
"It's difficult for us to watch. It's clearer image of someone who spoke to Trevor that night. It may mean nothing ,but it's another person who could come forward.
"There may be something in that snippet of conversation that could be helpful, we don't know."
"We get asked a lot of different things. There's an awful lot talked about Trevor, and people talk about things that may be withheld. There's nothing of subtance withheld," she added.
"We all miss him terribly. It placed a massive strain, particularly on our parents."
Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25.