'If you know, just tell' - devastated family of murdered dad in emotional TV appeal
The family of murdered environmentalist Michael McCoy has made an emotional TV appeal for help to solve his killing in the Dublin Mountains last year.
The father-of-three, from Brittas, Co Dublin, was found dead on September 30, 2016, after he was attacked while out walking his dogs in Ballinascorney Woods near his home.
Speaking to RTE's CrimeCall, his eldest daughter Rachel last night urged anyone who knows the identity of his killer not to protect the murderer.
"He'll never be a grandad. We don't have our dad. And that's not fair. So, if someone knows something, just tell... don't protect someone," she said.
Gardai on CrimeCall appealed directly to those who may know what happened to Mr McCoy, revealing that it is believed the answers may lie within the community of Ballinascorney.
On the RTE crime show, Mr McCoy's wife Caitriona recalled how things were amiss when she arrived home on the day her husband was murdered.
"In hindsight you'd notice things were a little bit, not quite right. The post hadn't been brought in and the hens hadn't been let out. I didn't think too much of it," she said.
However, after Mr McCoy still had not returned home by teatime, Caitriona and daughter Suzanne went looking for him.
"We drove up the usual place where Dad walked to see if his car was there," said Suzanne.
When they saw his car parked in his usual spot, they decided to go into the woods and search for him. "We were worried he might have had an accident or something, that he'd fallen over," said Suzanne.
"He wasn't there and my mum was getting more nervous. It was getting a bit dark, then we went home and called the guards."
The Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team was called in to help gardai with a full-scale search of Ballinascorney Woods.
"They came back at six in the morning to say that they'd found him, and he was dead," said Suzanne.
Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeCall on 1800 40 50 60, or Tallaght Garda Station on (01) 666 6000.