'No trace' of missing Trevor Deely as garda search of city site enters its closing stages
Gardai expect to continue searching for missing man Trevor Deely for at least another week as the massive search operation enters its final phase.
Officers have been searching a site at Chapelizod in west Dublin for five weeks and the operation is now in its closing stages.
"Gardai will continue searching for as long as possible but no trace of the missing man has been found," a senior source said.
The Garda Water Unit spent several days searching at the site last week, but its involvement has ended.
Garda specialist teams have been carrying out digs at spec- ific locations on the three-acre site.
Mr Deely (22), a Bank of Ireland worker, was last seen in the early hours of December 8, 2000, in the Haddington Road area of the city centre.
The last known images of him were captured by a CCTV camera at the junction of Haddington Road and Baggot Street at 4.14am.
A man dressed in black, who gardai believe also spoke to Mr Deely outside his place of work minutes previously, can be seen following him in the direction of Haddington Road.
This footage was only made public earlier this year after a specialist unit, set up in Pearse Street Garda Station to review the case, secured improved CCTV images.
Last month, it emerged that an informant, who has alleged that a member of a dysfunctional crime family shot and buried Mr Deely, came forward due to a guilty conscience.
The criminal told detectives that he had no interest in the €100,000 reward being offered for any significant information in relation to Mr Deely's disappearance, but instead said he could no longer keep the information to himself.
The alleged suspect, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is a well-known offender who has been involved in various forms of criminality over several decades.
The man and his associates were suspected of involvement in the drug trade, particularly heroin, in the south inner city and south Dublin area throughout the 1990s.
Associates of the alleged suspect were involved in running street prostitution in the Baggot Street area at the time of Mr Deely's disappearance.
This criminal gang has also been investigated for the unsolved murder of 21-year-old Sinead Kelly in the same area in June 1998.
Ms Kelly, from Santry, was stabbed to death on the banks of the Grand Canal off Baggot Street.
Gardai believe she was murdered because she owed £800 to a Dublin drug dealer.
Two files, one on the dealer and the other on the man who detectives believe he hired to kill Ms Kelly, have been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
However, the DPP decided that there should be no prosecution in the case.