‘Caoimhin was not travelling alone’ - Detective

Caoimhin  Cassidy-Crossan.
Caoimhin Cassidy-Crossan.

Detectives investigating the fatal the circumstances surrounding the death of Derry teenager Caoimhin Cassidy Crossan have said they do not believe he was travelling alone in the car in which his body was found.

In a fresh appeal issued last night, detectives said that two men have been reported running away close to the scene of where the red Mazda was discovered on fire at Fairview Road in Galliagh shortly after 4am on Saturday, June 1.

Making a number of specific appeals, PSNI Detective Inspector Michael Winters said: “The body of 18-year-old Caoimhin Cassidy was found inside a red Mazda 6, which had crashed on the Fairview Road during the early hours of Saturday 1 June.

“Initially it was believed that the car had caught fire as a result of the collision. However, the results from the post mortem examination tell us that Caoimhin was not seriously injured as a result of a crash, and was most likely still alive when the blaze started.

“Our enquiries to date have led us to conclude that Caoimhin was not travelling alone in the vehicle and we are keen to trace the individuals who were with him.

“We’ve received a report of two males running away from where the vehicle came to a final halt on Fairview Road, near Knockalla Park, heading in the direction of Ferndale . Did you see these males? Can you help us identify them?

“We’ve also been made aware of sightings of a male, possibly injured, walking on the Buncrana Road, past the Skeoge Link Road, towards the border a short time later.

“If you can cast your mind back and remember anything about Caoimhin’s movements, or those of the red Mazda 6, on the evening of Friday 31 May, then please get in touch. Any detail, no matter how small it might seem, could be invaluable.

“Contact detectives at Strand Road on 101, quoting reference number 316 of 01/06/19.”

Alternatively, information can be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100 per cent anonymous.