Monday 23 October 2017

Ireland's disappeared people

Donal Lynch

Donal Lynch

Even in a country as small as Ireland 7,000 people are reported missing each year. Most are found fairly quickly, but the small number who are never found leave behind family and friends who must live daily with the pain of not knowing what happened to their loved one.

Last week was the seventh anniversary of the wet and windy night that Trevor Deely went missing. Recently, his family and friends once again put up posters of Trevor around Dublin and have renewed an appeal for information that might lead to him being found. Trevor is from Naas in Kildare but was living in Dublin when he went missing. He was last seen in the Haddington Road area of Dublin 4 and was wearing a yellow and brown shirt and beige cord trousers at the time.

Stefan Punch is another name that many will remember. Stefan was last seen in August 2003 at a friend's house in Cork. The day after he disappeared his car was found abandoned in Co Clare. Since then his phone has been switched off. He is about 5ft 11in, and was lean and tanned and was wearing a dark blue check shirt and white T-shirt.

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