Gardai fear missing man may have drowned


Gardai fear the missing man who is at the centre of the largest postering and publicity campaign seen in Dublin may have drowned.

The search for Mr Trevor Deely has involved the draining of a stretch of the Grand Canal between Leeson Street and the Grand Canal Basin at Ringsend on two occasions, as well as a search by Garda sub-aqua divers of the River Dodder.

Mr Deely (22) was making his way home from the centre of Dublin some time after 4 a.m. on December 8th when he disappeared. There were high winds and heavy rain at the time.

The last sighting of him is at an ATM machine at the corner of Haddington Road and Baggot Street at around 4.15 a.m. This would suggest he had crossed the canal and was heading towards Ballsbridge to his apartment in Serpentine Avenue.

It is now feared he may have been blown into the Dodder River, which was in flood at the time. There has been an unprecedented publicity campaign for information about the missing man mounted by his family, friends and businesses.

Most commercial premises in Dublin have carried fly posters and a new poster campaign, with house-to-house flyers, is to be launched this weekend. Mr Deely is described as 6 feet 2 inches, of slim build with short red/blond hair and green eyes. When last seen he was wearing a yellow and brown shirt and beige cord trousers.

The Garda is still seeking other people missing over the Christmas period. Mr Declan Mooney (31), from Kilcormac, Co Offaly, also missing since December 8th, is described as 5 feet 10 inches, of thin build with short brown hair and sallow complexion. When last seen he was wearing blue denim trousers, a navy shirt, navy fleece jacket and black shoes. Gardai at Ballyfermot are still seeking assistance in tracing Ms Sheila Fagan (52) from Landen Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin. She was last seen on December 5th at Ballyfermot Road at around 1 p.m. Ms Fagan is described as 5 feet 6 inches, with a pale complexion and dark short hair. When last seen she was wearing a grey full-length coat.

Gardai in Ballina, Co Mayo, are seeking assistance in tracing Ms Sandra Collins (28), who is missing from the town since December 4th. She is 5 feet, of slim build, and has short brown hair with red highlights. She was last seen wearing black slacks and a maroon polo neck jumper under a beige sleeveless fleece. Gardai at Coolock (01-6664200) are seeking information on Rena Moore (14) from Artane, Dublin, who was last seen about 10 p.m. on December 31st. She is 5 feet 4 inches, of medium build and when last seen was wearing a silver padded jacket with purple fleece lining, dark tracksuit bottoms and grey or white runners.