THE tortured parents of missing Trevor Deely have said they're at "desperation stakes", after yet another agonising year in which not one single lead has emerged into their son's disappearance exactly 14 years ago.
Michael and Ann Deely will today mark the anniversary of the last sighting of 22-year-old Trevor with a prayer service at their home in Naas, Co Kildare.
Michael (72), who is a devout Catholic, revealed his strong faith and daily prayers have helped him cope with the heartache of the past 14 years.
Mr Deely said he drew some comfort from meeting other anguished families of missing people last week at a ceremony at Farmleigh House to mark national Missing Person's Day.
But the father-of-four said the anniversary of his youngest son's disappearance, and the subsequent build-up to Christmas will be the hardest period of the year for him and his family.
"My faith is a big help and my prayers keep me going, but it really doesn't get any easier because we don't have answers," he said.
"The pain is always there and I never stop thinking about Trevor and wondering what happened to him.
"Unfortunately we're at desperation stakes now, because there were no new leads this year at all.
"We still don't have a clue what happened to him.
"I'm trying to remain as positive as possible, but we have so little to go on I just don't know what more we can do."
As one of Ireland's most high-profile missing person cases, the image of Trevor and the key facts in his disappearance in the early hours of December 8, 2000 in the capital are ingrained in many people's memories.
The last image captured of him was on CCTV walking down Haddington Road towards his flat in Ballsbridge, south Dublin at 4.14am.
Shortly before this he had returned to his office where he picked up an umbrella after a night out at a nightclub on Leeson Street.
He rang his best friend, Glen, leaving a message saying he had had a great night and would talk to him later.
However, he has never been seen or heard from since.
"This time of year is such a burden for us, particularly when you see so many people out there enjoying themselves," Mr Deely added.
"But we owe it to Trevor to keep going. I've nine grandchildren who Trevor has never met and it would be my dream for him to meet them.
"The possibility that he is still alive keeps us going and we have to keep clinging on to that hope.
"Someone out there must know something and I appeal for anyone who has information, however small or insignificant it may seem, to please contact the gardai."