Saturday 18 November 2017

Missing teenager's family appeal for information

Family of murdered teenager Daniel McAnaspie. (L-R) sister Catrina and Aunts Edel and Sabrinal. Photo: PA
Family of murdered teenager Daniel McAnaspie. (L-R) sister Catrina and Aunts Edel and Sabrinal. Photo: PA
Garda undated handout photo of missing 17-year-old Daniel McAnaspie. Photo: PA

The family of a missing teenager fought back tears today as they pleaded for any information on his whereabouts.

A massive search operation has been under way since Daniel McAnaspie disappeared after socialising with friends in Blanchardstown, Dublin, almost two months ago.

Gardai now have grave concerns for the 17-year-old's safety and a €10,000 reward has been offered for any clues which might help them track him down.

Daniel's distraught relatives, who have been helping officers with the hunt, urged people with any information to come forward.

The teenager's aunt, Sabrina McAnaspie, said the family had not slept since Daniel went missing.

"We've walked Blanchardstown day in day out and we don't see him.

"We need him home, we really do," she said.

"He didn't do anything wrong. All he wanted to do was turn 18, which he will do in November.

"He just wanted to travel the world, that's all he wanted to do."

Daniel was last seen in the Whitestown area of Blanchardstown between 3.30am and 4am on Friday February 26.

Specialist search teams have combed nearby farmland and parks, with the Garda helicopter and sniffer dog units assisting the investigation.

The young people who were in Daniel's company have also been interviewed by detectives, but his whereabouts remain a mystery.

"It's a long time for any family to be waiting and it's gone on long enough. We need information," Garda spokesman Superintendent John Gilligan said.

"We can't search everywhere all of the time so what we need is for someone to come forward with more specific information and clues relating to where Daniel is."

Daniel is around 5ft 7in and of slim build, with brown hair.

When he went missing he was wearing a navy jacket, navy tracksuit bottoms and white running shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact their local Garda station or Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25.

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