Crim­i­nal con­fesses to the mur­der of bach­e­lor who is miss­ing for six years

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Deb­bie McCann

A VI­O­LENT crim­i­nal is claim­ing to have killed a man who van­ished with­out trace al­most six years ago, the Ir­ish Mail on Sun­day can re­veal.

The man – who is cur­rently in cus­tody in a psy­chi­atric unit – has con­fessed to al­legedly killing Pat Heeran, who is miss­ing from Mo­hill, Co. Leitrim for the past six years.

The break­through comes al­most a year af­ter the case was up­graded from a miss­ing per­son’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion to mur­der.

The MoS un­der­stands two other men are sus­pected of be­ing in­volved in Mr Heeran’s mur­der, in­clud­ing a known crim­i­nal and an INLA mem­ber. One of these men is part of gang that spe­cialises in rob­bing churches around the coun­try. Mr Heeran van­ished in Oc­to­ber 2011. He was a 48year-old bach­e­lor who lived alone in a bun­ga­low at Cois Easa in Aughavas, Co. Leitrim. He was very close to his mother and would reg­u­larly visit her nearby.

On the af­ter­noon of Oc­to­ber 3, 2011, he vis­ited Bax­ter’s su­per­mar­ket in Mo­hill. He re­turned home, drank half a can of cider and spoke to some­one on the phone.

Gar­daí ini­tially be­lieved Mr Heeran left his home again with the in­ten­tion of re­turn­ing rea­son­ably quickly.

He left his tele­vi­sion on, his half-fin­ished can on a ta­ble be­side his cig­a­rettes and locked the door.

Last month, gar­daí an­nounced the miss­ing per­son’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion was up­graded to mur­der last Oc­to­ber. Af­ter the me­dia brief­ing the fields around Mr Heeran’s home were searched by gar­daí and around 30 mem­bers of the de­fence forces. The search area was later ex­panded, but no trace of the miss­ing man has yet been found.

At the time of his dis­ap­pear­ance, Mr Heeran was sus­pected of be­ing a vic­tim of a vi­o­lent gang based in the mid­lands, who had pre­vi­ously as­saulted him over an un­paid drug debt.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact Manorhamil­ton Garda Sta­tion on 071-9820626 or The Garda Con­fi­den­tial Line on 1800 666 111.

DIS­AP­PEARED: Pat Heeran

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