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Sunday 27 May 2018

Trevor dig was horrendous experience, but we still hold out hope, says his family

Members of the Deely family Michele, Micheal, Pamela and Mark at Haddington Road, where Trevor was last seen. Picture: Collins
Members of the Deely family Michele, Micheal, Pamela and Mark at Haddington Road, where Trevor was last seen. Picture: Collins
Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

Trevor Deely's siblings have told how the recent dig for their missing brother was a "pretty horrendous" experience for them.

Gardaí embarked on a five-week dig at a site in Chapelizod in west Dublin for Mr Deely (22). It concluded in September, with no trace of him found.

The Bank of Ireland worker disappeared nearly 17 years ago following a night out on December 8, 2000.

He was last seen in the Haddington Road area on the southside of the city centre.

Trevor Deely
Trevor Deely

His brother Mark and sister Michele Deely appeared on RTÉ's 'Ray D'Arcy show' at the weekend and insisted that there was still hope.

"His name is known everywhere. That image of him, the ginger head on him. He wasn't actually that ginger at all, you know," said Mark, about the missing posters erected across Dublin following Mr Deely's disappearance.

In relation to the dig, which started last August, Michele said gardaí searched there as someone had come forward with information. She described the dig as "a pretty horrendous experience to go through for us as a family. A dig has a very sinister connotation.

"Somebody did come forward with some information that gardaí felt there was enough credibility for them to pursue. So they undertook an incredibly extensive search of that area; it was a big area and it was difficult for them to search.

Gardai search the site at Chapelizod for missing Trevor Deely. Photo: Fergal Phillips
Gardai search the site at Chapelizod for missing Trevor Deely. Photo: Fergal Phillips

"It went on for what felt like infinity. It was six weeks, so it was a long search. But we got to the end of it - and nothing," she said.

Michele added: "We do this because we want to find Trevor. We do need to find Trevor and we'd like some peace in that regard."

Mark said: "The easy attitude is to say he's gone, but he deserves more than this. I want to know what happened."

Irish Independent

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