Tuesday 23 July 2019

Man and teenage girl held as searches continue for man who disappeared five months ago

William Delaney
William Delaney
Members of the Gardai and Defence Forces at the Rock of Dunamase, Co Laois during a search operation for 56-year-old William Delaney Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Members of the Gardai and Defence Forces at the Rock of Dunamase, Co Laois during a search operation for 56-year-old William Delaney Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Members of the Gardai and Defence Forces at the Rock of Dunamase, Co Laois during a search operation for 56-year-old William Delaney Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Members of the Gardai and Defence Forces at the Rock of Dunamase, Co Laois during a search operation for 56-year-old William Delaney Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Members of the Gardai and Defence Forces at the Rock of Dunamase, Co Laois during a search operation for 56-year-old William Delaney Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Members of the Gardai and Defence Forces at the Rock of Dunamase, Co Laois during a search operation for 56-year-old William Delaney Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Members of the Gardai and Defence Forces at the Rock of Dunamase, Co Laois during a search operation for 56-year-old William Delaney Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Members of the Gardai and Defence Forces at the Rock of Dunamase, Co Laois during a search operation for 56-year-old William Delaney Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Ken Foy and Robin Schiller

A MAN and teenage girl remain in garda custody this morning after they were arrested on suspicion of murder as part of the investigation into a man who has been missing for five months.

The two people, a man in his 30s and a female teenager, were arrested yesterday as part of the garda probe into the disappearance of William Delaney.

The 56-year-old was reported missing from Portlaoise in January, and gardai have been carrying out searches near the Rock of Dunamese as part of the investigation.

A garda spokesman said searches are recommencing this morning and confirmed the man and teenager are still being detained.

Independent.ie has learned that the two people arrested were known to Mr Delaney and gardai are trying to establish the exact circumstances surrounding his disappearance and suspected murder.

The man arrested is being held at Portlaoise garda station with the female detained in Tullamore.

"Yesterday afternoon 20th June 2019, two people, a male in his 30s and a female teenager, were arrested on suspicion of murder by Gardaí investigating this missing person investigation," a garda spokesperson said.

"They are currently detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Tullamore Garda Station.

"The search of the area in Dunamaise, Portlaoise will continue tomorrow morning along with the assistance of the Defence Forces."

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