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'He was a brilliant person, we really miss him': Deely family say they haven't given up hope

Gardaí have released enhanced CCTV images in the hope that someone will come forward to help give Trevor’s family some answers.
Apr 8th 2017, 7:00 AM 16,001 10

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ENHANCED CCTV FOOTAGE has given the Deely family fresh hope more than 16 years on that they may finally find out what happened to their son and brother Trevor.

The footage, recently enhanced by a UK company, was released by gardaí yesterday, with a new appeal focusing on a man seen talking to – and then possibly following – the 22-year-old man on the morning he disappeared in December 2000.

tREVOR dEELY Sister Michelle, father Michael, sister Pamela and brother Mark Deely on Haddington road doing a leaflet drop with members of An Garda Siochana Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Trevor’s brother Mark Deely said yesterday he was “delighted” with the new footage as it confirms that it definitely is their brother in those CCTV images the nation has been seeing for 16 years.

“We always felt it was – you go on people’s gait, but we know now.”

“The footage, it was very grainy, it was very hard to make out whether there was contact whether there was verbal conversations between certain individuals or exactly what happened.

“There is no doubt that while in the new footage we may not be able to visually identify somebody I think it’s much clearer, you get a much better sense of what happened in that 34 mins, 35 mins and indeed in that night as a whole.”

Crime Stoppers Members of An Garda Siochana hand out leaflets for seeking information on missing Trevor Deely. Source: Sam Boal

In conversation with TheJournal.ie, Mark and his sister Pamela spoke fondly of their brother.

“He was a young guy starting out in his career, he was just turned 22, he was only finding his own feet but he was the same as every other 22-year-old,” Mark said. He said friends and colleagues would all say the same about him – “there is no badness to Trevor”.

“He was happy-go-lucky, he was a brilliant person. We really miss him,” Pamela added.

Mark said the fact that the name Trevor Deely is now so widely known is a comfort to his family. “It means we still have a realistic chance of finding out what happened and where he is.”

“I know time has moved on an awful lot, but Ireland is still a small country and people talk. People may overhear a conversation somewhere and maybe,” he said.

“Somebody knows something and that person is somewhere. Maybe eventually something will give.”

People are probably sick of us and sick of hearing about it, but we need their help as much as we did back in January 2001.

If the man featured in the footage, anyone who knows him or any person has information about Trevor’s disappearance wants to come forward, you can do so anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25. 

Read: Do you know this man? Footage shows last known movements of missing Trevor Deely>

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