Gardaí last night confirmed they plan to search an area in Killaloe, Co Clare, for the missing 17-year-old after consultation with Dennis McKenzie, the psychic who helped the parents of the murdered English girls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.
Mr McKenzie last night told the mother of Richard “Happy” Kelly that her son met a violent death.
Mr McKenzie visited Limerick to meet Mary Kelly, whose son went missing on April 24, 2006.
She said Mr McKenzie, who offered his services for free, identified an area for gardaí to search and will return on December 9 to help further with the investigation.
Members of the Kelly family accompanied Mr McKenzie to the Dublin Road area where the missing teenager was last seen.
At one of four areas he later visited near Killaloe, Ms Kelly said, the psychic became “tormented” and, using an item that belonged to the teenager, focused on a particular spot.
Insp Gerry McNamara, of Roxboro Road station, said gardaí would follow up the lead.
“We may be calling the Garda sub-aqua team,” he confirmed last night.
Richard lived in Southill with his mother, who says she has learned of the details of her son’s death from Mr McKenzie.
The psychic, from Cambridgeshire in England, also told her that her son’s killers had stolen a bracelet she had given him for Christmas.
At the time of his disappearance, Richard was due in court for stealing a car in Adare.
In the Soham murders case in 2002, Mr McKenzie had told parents Kevin and Nicola Wells two days into the police hunt that Holly and Jessica were dead.
He offered chillingly accurate descriptions of Ian Huntley, who was later convicted and sentenced for the murders, and Maxine Carr, who provided Huntley with a false alibi.