Renewed appeal for information on anniversary of hit and run killing of 20-year-old Fintan Traynor

Renewed appeal for information on anniversary of hit and run killing of 20-year-old Fintan Traynor

GARDAI HAVE renewed their appeal for information related to the hit and run killing of 20-year-old Fintan Traynor.

10 years ago today, Fintan was fatally struck by a car at Lemgard, Clontibret in County Monaghan while walking home from a night out in Castleblayney in the early hours of Sunday June 26, 2011.

The driver of the vehicle involved failed to stop and fled the scene.

Gardaí suspect an Audi A4, 1996 to 2001 model, was involved in the incident.

The front lower portion of a vehicle matching that description was recovered by Gardaí at the scene.

An Garda Síochána have pursued over 400 leads over the past decade and the investigation remains active but both the vehicle and driver have yet to be located.

Inspector Adrian Durcan of the Monaghan Garda District is now calling on anyone who may have information to come forward.

"With the passage of time now perhaps someone may feel more comfortable coming forward with information in relation to this matter. Do you know someone who may have had damage to an Audi car around this period? Did someone confide in you?

"In 10 years loyalties, friendships and relationships change and perhaps now you are in a position to provide the investigation team with the vital information that would locate the vehicle and driver.

"You can contact us in Monaghan Garda Station on 047 77200 or alternatively you can contact us anonymously by calling Crimestoppers 1800 25 00 25. This is a confidential service and does not require you to leave a name, number or any other details, just the information. A reward for information which leads to the recovery of the vehicle and identification of the driver is available through Crimestoppers.

"To the person who was involved in this incident, I have no doubt this is something that has weighed heavily on your mind for the past 10 years. I would encourage you to do the right thing and make contact with us in Monaghan Garda Station.

"We would like to thank the members of the public who have provided assistance to the investigation over the past 10 years,” Inspector Durcan added.

Bridie Traynor, Fintan’s mum, also issued a public appeal to help bring the family closure.

She said: "On this the 10-year anniversary of the loss of Fintan, we as a family still have no answers. Although such a time has passed we still have an overwhelming sense of loss given we do not know what happened to Fintan on that fateful morning.

“We appeal to anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, about someone or other people's behaviour around that time of June 26, 2011 to come forward and assist the Gardaí with their inquiries.

“Our lives were irrevocably changed that morning and although we know that we will never have Fintan back we as a grieving family deserve to understand what happened,” Bridie added.

Any person with information should contact Monaghan Garda Station at 047 77200, Crimestoppers at 1800 25 00 25 or any Garda Station.