Monday 20 January 2020

Gardai question motive behind letter claiming missing Wicklow dad was murdered

Barry Corcoran was last seen on July 6, 2015
Barry Corcoran was last seen on July 6, 2015

Laura Larkin

Gardaí are renewing their appeal for information about the disappearance of a 38-year-old man almost two years ago.

Wicklow man Barry Corcoran was last seen on Cremona Road, Ballyfermot on the night of Monday 6th July 2015.

"He has short grey hair and blue eyes and is described as walking with a slight ‘shuffle’ and also has having an old scar on the bridge of his nose. When Barry was last seen he was wearing a dark rain jacket, blue jeans and black Puma runners," gardaí said in a statement.

A source said that at this stage it is presumed that Mr Corcoran has come to a "foul end".

However gardaí are continuing to pursue a number of  theories and will consider if the dad-of-one could have died in a tragic accident and has not yet been found or that he does not want to be found.

Mr Corcoran's family, who have also made appeals for information in the past, are understood to be concerned and "fearing the worst" has happened to the young father.

The latest appeal comes just a week before the two year anniversary of Mr Corcoran's disappearance.

It is understood that a theory being investigated in the months immediately following Mr Corcoran's disappearance, that he was killed over a small drugs debt, has been discounted.

In that time there has been no sightings of him and no activity on his Post Office account.

Gardaí are hopeful that their joint appeal with Crimestoppers will lead to new information which will move the investigation on.

A Crimestoppers reward is determined when the investigation has come to a successful conclusion and the information can be appraised by gardaí.

"We believe there are persons who are in possession of further information and who know exactly what has happened to Barry. In two years circumstances might have changed and they might be in a position to come forward now," Detective Inspector Colm O'Malley from Clondalkin garda station said.

Crimestoppers are offering a reward for information that advances the investigation.

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