Sunday 21 October 2018

Waiting for that vital call...

'Young people in Dunleer are afraid, but now is the time to stand up', says Supt Andrew Watters

Hubert Murphy

He was but a boy, a handsome young man, dressed in his best attire, ready for the world.

If those responsible for the death of Cameron Reilly - or those that have the information that will lead to their conviction - attended Connor's Funeral Home last weekend, they'd surely have had a heart of stone not to be moved by such a sight.

His parents, Tracy and Patrick, softly stroked his hand from time to time, trying to find comfort in this cruel, crazy madness.

His coffin was adorned with photographs, of happy times spent with family and friends, times that are gone, but will be forever remembered by so many.

For 12 hours, over the course of two days, people came and came and came, and one wondered when the flow would stop.

But this little town, this little village, is united when it comes to its own. The callous murder of a young man, left to die in a field, when maybe one phone call, one 999, might have saved him, will always live with this community - Cameron Reilly's name has been etched in the hearts and souls for so many reasons.

When his killers are convicted of this crime, it won't ease the pain of his family, last Saturday week began the first day of their life sentence - there is no getting away from that.

This week, Superintendent Andrew Watters appealed for young people, especially, to make the call that will bring Cameron's evil killer or killers to justice.

Last weekend, Cameron's passport, which he had with him on the night in question, was found during the exhaustive searches in the immediate area. They are still seeking his Bank of Ireland card, which may also have been stolen during the attack that claimed his life. It has not been used.

He says finding Cameron's mobile phone is still a priority and a reservoir at the site of the killing was drained last week.

With the army, civil defence coastguard and other services involved, the intense gardai presence in Dunleer will continue, he vows.

'No stone has been left unturned in this and we are still speaking to people and we may go back and speak to them again.

'Anybody who has not come forward as yet, come forward. We can talk to people in complete confidence and if they even talk to parents or teachers or someone they trust, they can come and talk to us.

'We believe there may have been drink and drugs being used on the night of this murder but that's not our primary concern at this time. This is serious, this was a murder and people must realise that,' he stated.

He again appealed for anybody who was in Dunleer in the early hours of Saturday 26th May and witnessed anything to get in touch.

All aspects of the case are being followed up, including forensics and CCTV - 1,000 hours collected so far from 42 locations in Dunleer.

'We have gone door to door and spoken to people and we know there's a certain fear amongst people in a close-knit community as the person responsible may still be in that community.

'We have searched the fields and we'll continue to do that until we feel we can get nothing more from there.

'We have been eliminating people from our investigation and switching to other lines of interest. There are meetings every day, this is a full scale murder investigation,' the supt added.

He says that while he sees no 'immediate arrests on Monday or Tuesday' of this week, he is more than satisfied with the manner of the investigation.

'We have a liason officer with the family and have answered questions that the family have. It is a terrible time for them.'

But his final words are for those that have the information that could lead to catching Cameron's killer. 'Yes, people are afraid, but stand up and come forward,' he added. Contact Drogheda Garda Station on 041-9874200, the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111.

Drogheda Independent