I WON’T GIVE UP ON DEAN

Pal’s vow three years after fa­ther of one went miss­ing

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY SYLVIA POWNALL

Dean Roche bro­ken heart. She wanted her son laid to rest be­side her.

“The last thing she ut­tered to me in the hos­pi­tal is, ‘Don’t for­get about Dean’. That is what’s driv­ing us now, we’re do­ing this for Ger.”

Dean trav­elled to the neigh­bour­ing town­land of Bal­ly­foyle to buy a car the day he went miss­ing. It was later found crashed half a mile away from where he bought it.

Gar­dai car­ried out fresh searches in wood­lands nearby two months ago but it’s un­der­stood they no longer be­lieve the re­mains are in the area.

Damien said: “There wasn’t an inch of ground that wasn’t searched. There’s been three years of search­ing with ca­daver dogs and the army and not a whiff of him. A pair of run­ners were found in the woods but there was no trace of his DNA on them. That’s sim­ply not pos­si­ble be­cause he would have been drenched in sweat.”

Dad-of-one Dean was a heroin ad­dict and had con­vic­tions for petty crime but Damien says he “didn’t have a vi­o­lent bone in his body”.

Dean’s niece So­phie, 19, is also beg­ging any­one with de­tails to come for­ward.

She said: “I feel the whole truth isn’t be­ing told. Some­one must know some­thing.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Kilkenny Garda sta­tion at 056 7775000 or the Garda con­fi­den­tial line at 1800 666111.

sylvia.pownall@irish­mir­ror.ie

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