Gardaí and Crimestoppers have launched an appeal for information in relation to the murder of 56-year old William Delaney who went missing on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.
William Delaney was a Tipperary native who lived in Portlaoise where he had a large family.
On the morning of January 30, 2019, William left Portlaoise General Hospital where he had been a patient. Gardaí have established that William collected his welfare payment at Portlaoise Post Office after leaving the hospital.
William was last seen at approximately 3pm on the afternoon of January 30, 2019 in Monasterevin, where he called to visit a relative who lived in the area. The relation wasn’t at home, but William was seen outside the premises which is situated on the old Cork-Dublin Road directly opposite a local landmark known as the Hazel Hotel.
William was then reported missing by his family on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.
In June 2019, gardaí received information that William Delaney had been killed and that his body had been buried at a location in Laois. A comprehensive search was conducted in the area surrounding the Rock of Dunamaise but no remains were discovered.
Today, Monday, April 26, 2021 is William's birthday.
Gardaí are appealing to the community and would like to thank them for their assistance so far, however, Gardaí believe that people in the community have information and have not yet come forward.
Superintendent John Lawless of Portlaoise Garda Station said: “I am appealing to any members of the public who have information on the murder of William Delaney, or the whereabouts of his remains to come forward. You may have vital information which could help us. Information which may seem insignificant, might help with this investigation.
“If a member of the public prefers to give the information without identifying themselves, they can call Crimestoppers on 1800 25 00 25.”
Crimestoppers Chairman John Murphy commented: “Members of the public can call Crimestoppers with potentially valuable information about any crime without leaving their name or personal details. The ability to give information anonymously can be an important incentive and could help solve a case and secure a conviction. I would appeal to anyone with any information in relation to this case to get in contact.”
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