Des­per­ate plea to help find 31-yr-old’s body

Irish Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY SARAH SLATER news@irish­mir­

THE last wish of a can­cer suf­ferer is to be buried next to her miss­ing son, it was re­vealed yes­ter­day.

Dean Roche was 31 when he was last seen in Bal­ly­foyle, Co Kilkenny, in March 2015. The fa­ther of one left the home he shared with his mum Geral­dine to buy a car which was found crashed a half a mile away from where he had pur­chased it. His niece So­phie posted an emo­tional video to a Face­book page ded­i­cated to find­ing out what hap­pened to her un­cle. She said: “My un­cle is miss­ing push­ing on three years now. Some­body out there knows some­thing and no one has any idea how much this is tear­ing my fam­ily apart. “All we ask for is a text, anony­mous let­ter or phone call or any­thing we just want to lay him to rest. “It’s my nanny’s last wish be­fore she takes her fi­nal breath. I just hope she can die hap­pily know­ing that Dean is be­side her and I know she can’t un­til some­body says some­thing and hope­fully they do. “If you know any­thing please make con­tact. We just want to know where he is so we can bring him home. My nanny has been di­ag­nosed with can­cer and her last wish be­fore she passes is for Dean to be buried with her. “But that’s not go­ing to hap­pen if some­one doesn’t talk. Some­one knows some­thing. “Life is not the same without him. It’s hard to go up to the house where he lived with nanny. It just seems weird without him.” Last Fe­bru­ary more than 30 mem­bers of the De­fence Forces and gar­dai scoured the area around Muckalee where Mr Roche lived but the search re­vealed no traces.


The fam­ily firmly be­lieve Dean was mur­dered for a few hun­dred eu­ros. A tear­ful So­phie added: “Un­til some­thing like this hap­pens, you don’t know what it is like to wake up to ev­ery day. “I think about all the things about what could have hap­pened to him, where he is, who did this to him and why. “I know Dean went down the wrong road in life but peo­ple make mis­takes.” Dean’s case fea­tured on Crime­call and Garda In­spec­tor Joe Car­ton, who is lead­ing the probe, is still ap­peal­ing to any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the case to con­tact gar­dai on 056 777 5000.

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