The family of James Patrick â€œJPâ€ Grealis has put up a reward of â‚¬10,000 and described it as their last chance of discovering his whereabouts.
The last reported sighting of JP, a carpenter then aged 24, was when he checked out of a BB in the town of Breda on October 23rd, 2008, saying he was going to find work in another town.
The Grealis family, of Tonragee, Achill, hope the involvement of a team of Dutch experts who have recently taken up the case will provide a breakthrough. A retired detective, a criminal psychologist and a well-known crime reporter who take on cold cases or those the police are not treating as crime have started their own inquiry.
They believe his disappearance was suspicious, and that he may have been murdered. â€œThe Grealis family came up against a brick wall, they were sent away again and again as they tried to discover what happened to their son and brother here,â€ said crime reporter Jolande van der Graaf of De Telegraaf newspaper.
De afgelopen weken zamelden de eilandbewoners 10.000 euro in voor ‘hun’ JP. Vanuit Ierland looft de familie Grealis dit bedrag uit voor informatie die daadwerkelijk leidt tot de terugkomst van James Patrick Grealis of zijn stoffelijke resten
I just got an email forwarded on about an Irish person from Achill who has been missing since November 2008.
Happy New Year to all and apologies for not sending any Christmas cards this year, my family and I are going through a tough time as my brother, JP, is missing in the Netherlands.
I have a favour to ask, could you please pass on this mail with the information below â€“ I know it’s a long shot but it may reach someone that has seen him in the past few weeks, we will try anything at this stage. We have been doing everything we can to find JP with the Police and the Embassy and also my sisters, Mani, my brother-in laws and JP’s friends have searched various places in the Netherlands but there appears to be no trace of him since he was seen in Eindhoven during the 1st week of November. It seems unlikely but he may have travelled outside of the Netherlands so we are also searching in
Name: James Patrick Grealis, known as JP
Date of Birth: 14/03/1984 (24 years old)
Hair: Red (curly/wavy)
Height: approx.1.75 meter/ approx 5′ 9”
Build: Slim build with broad shoulders
Clothes: Generally wears T-shirts, jeans, hoodies etc (he has a habit of walking with his sleeves pulled down over his hands)
General Information: Smoker, works in building trade, likes to socialize
JP was last seen in Eindhoven (1 st week of Nov) and last called home from Breda (23 rd of Oct). He may have travelled to Rotterdam in November. Any information please contact me (00 353 (0)87 2393993) or the Irish Police on 00 353 (0)98 20830 or the Dutch Police on 00 31 79-345 8882 ( case number 08261250 for Dutch Police)