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Man arrested by gardaí investigating disappearance of William Delaney has been released

Gardaí have been assisted by the Defence Forces in searches for the missing man.

A MAN WHO was arrested by gardaí investigating the disappearance of a man from County Laois in 2019 has been released without charge.

This was the third arrest in the missing persons case of William Delaney who was last seen on January 31, 2019. 

A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. Gardaí said investigations are ongoing.

On March 22 last gardaí renewed their appeal to the public to help them locate Delaney’s body, who they now believe was murdered.

He was 56 years old when he was reported missing and was 5’6″ in height, of medium build, with black/grey hair and blue eyes. 

It’s not known what he was wearing when he was last seen. He was reported missing in March, 2019, some three months after he vanished. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact gardaí at Portlaoise on 057 867 4100, the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station. 

A man in his 30s and a teenage girl were arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to Delaney’s case in June 2019. 

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A search of an area in Dunmaise, Portlaoise was carried out at the time with the assistance of the Defence Forces. 

Note: This article was updated at 9.50am on 16 April to reflect that the arrested man was released without charge. 

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