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Missing - Trevor Deely

Friday, 4 December 2009

Trevor Deely from Naas, Co Kildare, disappeared while walking home from a Christmas party in Dublin in the early hours of December 8th 2000. His movements in the hours before he disappeared have been well documented: they show no indication that he choose to disappear on his own free will. When last seen at 4:15 am, he was walking down Haddington Road, close to Baggot street Bridge. Earlier that night, he had been socialising with colleagues from the Asset Management Department of Bank of Ireland.

He started his night at Coper-Face Jack's Pub in Harcourt Street at about 7 p.m., later going to the Hilton Hotel in Charlemont Place at 9p.m. at 1228:a.m., he went to the bank machine at the ACC bank in Charlemont street, then returned to the Hilton and went to Buck's Whaley's night club in Leeson Street he left there at 3:30 a.m. and went back to his office where he checked his e-mail and picked up a blue ACC golf umbrella. It was a stormy night and he left the office at 4:00a.m. Trevor Deely was last seen on CCTV walking down Haddington Road at 4:15 a.m. . A massive search for Trevor Deely included house-to-house inquiries and included an extensive search of the Grand Canal, but nothing was found.

Dec 8th marks the 9th anniversary of Trevor's disappearance
We talk to Trevor's dad, Michael, and author of 'Missing', Barry Cummins

Barry Cummin, Author 'Missing'

Barry Cummins works as a journalist with RTE (he is currently taking a year out on a career break). He previously works as a crime correspondent with Today FM where he was the recipient of two Justice and media awards. 'Missing' was his first book, but he has written a number of other crime-related books in recent years.

Michael Deely, Trevor's dad

Q: Michael, looking back at the news footage of when Trevor went missing, in the few days after he went missing, when did you realise that it was starting to become a serious case?
Well, I suppose that Trevor went missing on a Thursday night and then on the Friday he didn't turn up for work.. His work colleagues did not think much of it at the time, because he had a Christmas party the night before, and it was not unusual for someone to not turn up for work after their Christmas party, but he had not missed a day in two years. .Someone at work called his mother asking had they heard from Trevor because he did not turn up for work on the Monday either.. They were trying to contact him on the mobile and we were also trying to contact him on the mobile, , there was no sign of him and we were getting very worried. Some of his friends gathered at our house on that Monday, and that is when the public information campaign started and we got posters of Trevor made and we put them up all around the area where he went missing. I have to say that his colleagues in the bank were great, there was a girl in the HR department who has on the phone a lot of the time setting things up..

Q: What was the hardest part for you (when Trevor went missing)?
I remember being in at the Gardaí station on the Monday night, after Trevor when missing. And when I went into the Gardaí station, they took me into room to describe Trevor- it was not the normal information room where people would be giving information to the guards - it was a smaller room, perhaps they knew that it was getting serious. I remember describing Trevor to them; his eye colour, the type of build he has etc, his hair type. The Gardaí were telling me not to worry and that everything will be ok, and they were great, but I think that it all hit home for me then and that was the worst part. It gets more difficult every day, when there are anniversaries and weddings taking place and Trevor's nieces' and nephews' are being born, that is very difficult also. We know from the CCTV footage, that he was just walking home to his apartment in Ballsbridge when he went missing.

Q: Has it been particularly hard on your wife Ann?
Yes of course. I Suppose it is particularly hard on her because she is a stay-at-home mum and she is at home on her own a lot of the time.. When she sees other parents picking up their children in the places where she used to pick up Trevor when he was young, that is hard on her. It is also hard on her when she sees that places where Trevor used to frequent in Naas and the people that he used to hand around with. My wife tries to keep busy, she has done some part-time teaching which keeps her busy and we have some very good friends and neighbours who have been great comfort to her..

Q; How would you describe Trevor?
Trevor is really a person who is in the 'thick' of every thing. He is outgoing and a very sociable person. I would also say that is the kind of person that gets on well with older people, and he has always got on well with older people at any events that he has been at.. He plays tennis and we have had a family membership of the club here in Naas which we have used, and Trevor has used this

Q: Trevor is the youngest of four children?
Yes, Trevor had two older sisters, Michelle and Pamala.. Pamala just had a young son at the end of last year. Trevor also has and an older brother Mark. When the search started, Mark was taking over a lot of the work and over-seeing everything..

Q: Michael, do you feel it is important to keep putting information about Trevor out into the public, and you even to the Garda about Trevor when you meet them?
Yes, even when I am stopped at a check point by the guards, I keep a picture of Trevor in my car and I show it to the Gardaí, I also ask the Gardaí when I meet them do they know who Trevor is and have they heard about his case.. I always make a point of doing this to the Gardaí. I tell the Gardaí not to forget him anyway. I suppose when the public information appeals are over, you are left in your own as a family to deal with it and it is hard, and we want to keep Trevor's name out there as much as we can..

Questions for Barry:

Q: Barry, the case involving Trevor seems to have stayed in the minds of the public, probably different from other cases involving missing persons', why do you think this is?
I suppose a lot of people will indentify with the movements of Trevor; is a young man out celebrating Christmas with his work colleagues when he went missing - many will be out celebrating Christmas over the next few weeks , in the same way that Trevor did when he went missing. Also, the big thing that sticks in people's minds is that Trevor was on his way home that night. He was only minutes away from home and he went missing. he was also due home to meet his family in the weeks leading up to Christmas. He is a young man who completely vanished on his way home.

Q: Barry, no trace/evidence of Trevor has ever come to the attention of the Guards, there was even no trace of his striking blue umbrella (that we have seen on the clip) that he brought with him, just before he left his office?
In Trevor's case, there were 350 lines of inquiry followed up the Gardaí. These lines of inquiry were followed up after members of the public contacted Gardaí about information they felt that might lead to finding Trevor, but nothing concrete has come as a result of these lines of inquiry.
The fact that the umbrella has never been found I think is also significant. It was a bad night and Trevor would have had his umbrella up on that night, if he had of fallen into the river, his umbrella might have gotten snagged on something close, by but this never happened and the umbrella was never found.

Q: Barry, how many people are missing in Ireland at the moment?
At the moment there are up to 50 cases of well-known cases of missing people who are long-term missing - effectively people that did not choose to go missing. This figure would increase if you added in people like fisher men and others who were lost. There are also children that are foreign nationals who go missing from the care of the HSE. There are hundreds and hundreds of missing in persons at the moment in Ireland.

Barry, there are events happening later this month to remember the missing?
Yes there are vigils taking place for missing people in Limerick, Waterford and in Co Louth and these are important event for those many families who are still looking for missing people who may not be aware that vigils are taking place.. There are also people like Imealda Keenan, how have gone missing around this time of year.

Q: Barry, you have spoken to many family members of those who are missing, what do you think is the hardest thing for them.or is there a particular time of year that is especially difficult?
I would say every given day. I suppose anniversaries are especially hard for those families of the missing. What I find with all these families, is that they just want to find their loved ones to be found and come back home. They are not looking for people to be brought to justice, if it is believed that the missing person may have abducted or if they are a victim of a crime, all they want to do is have their loved ones at home with them again.

What the families are trying to do, is keep the names of missing people out there in the public arena, family members want people to remember that they are still missing. I also believe that Gardaí and the young Gardaí coming out of Templemore should be better educated about all missing people. It is vital that information still stays in the minds of the general public, as well as the minds of those who are involved in the search for the missing.

Any information about Trevor's disappearance should be passed to Pearse Street Gardaí station at 01-6669000 or any Gardaí station.
Information can also be given in confidence by phoning the Gardaí Confidential line on 1800 666 111