Gardai issue fresh appeal for Trevor Deely on 19th anniversary as family hit out at ‘outrageous’ speculation
Gardai have issued a fresh appeal on the 19th anniversary of the last sighting of Trevor Deely as his family have been forced to hit out at the “outrageous” speculation regarding his disappearance.
The 22-year-old IT worker went missing in the early hours of December 8, 2000 following his work Christmas party at the Hilton Hotel in Dublin and before going onto Buck Whaley’s nightclub on Leeson Street.
On his way home, Trevor called into his workplace at the Bank of Ireland in Fitzwilliam Place at around 3.35am and CCTV footage of the rear entrance of the building shows an unknown man talking to the missing man.
Trevor was last spotted on CCTV passing a Bank of Ireland ATM on Haddington Road at 4.14am before 30 seconds later a male was captured on CCTV walking in the same direction.
Meanwhile, Trevor’s sister Michele said the online speculation about his disappearance as “outrageous” and called for it to be toned down “several notches.”
“We’ve done a huge amount of work, but all that work, in a way, is coming to haunt us – it’s really becoming a very difficult item for the family when we think about speculation,” she said.
“You’d want to read what people write online – it is outrageous. There’s a lot of speculation around Trevor going to Alaska – that was the trip of a lifetime for him.
“He came home a couple of weeks prior to him going missing – it has nothing to do with anything.
“There’s lots of theories – like Trevor went to Alaska, got caught up in something and somebody followed him back and did something to him.
“He was a simple guy. He was an entry level IT worker. And yet people have him caught up in this banking scam or that he was involved in some crazy scheme, and that’s why he was taken. It’s crazy.”
Ms Deely added that she’s been knocked back by multiple social media companies when she’s complained.
“I battle a lot to get the right facts out there, but it’s actually really difficult.”
There have been “hundreds, if not thousands” of potential witnesses with potential sightings over the years.
“You never know when you’re going to get a story that actually is true and it could be the worst thing ever.
“But we don’t know when that is. As we sit here this morning, there is nothing proven, it feels like forever already.
“Trevor would never give up on us – that’s our commitment. As difficult as it is to deal with the speculation, we won’t give up. We have to keep fighting through it until we find him.”
Gardaí at Pearse Street are appealing for any information into Trevor’s disappearance and anyone with information is asked to contact Pearse Street Garda Station on 01 6669000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or Crimestoppers on 1800 250025.