Letters sent to family led to searches for father-of-one Barry Corcoran
Letters sent to the family of a missing man – who gardai believe has been murdered – have led to officers carrying out searches this week in the Bawnogue area of Clondalkin in attempts to find his body.
Wicklow town man Barry Corcoran was last seen alive on Cremona Road in the Ballyfermot area of Dublin on the night of July 6 last.
The 38-year-old had travelled to Dublin from his Wicklow home on a bus and visited a gym in the north inner city before going to Ballyfermot.
Last night sources said that gardai have been investigating whether Mr Corcoran may have been murdered.
It is understood that the letters claimed that Mr Corcoran had been shot and buried in a shallow grave. This led to searches along the Grand Canal at Bawnogue.
“A number of searches have taken place in an attempt to find out what happened but, so far, nothing has shown up.
“The firm belief is that this man has been the victim of foul play and the focus is now on trying to find his body,” a source said.
Gardai yesterday launched a fresh appeal in relation to Mr Corcoran’s disappearance.
“I share the family’s concerns, as it is completely out of character for Barry to go missing in this fashion,” Supt Brendan Connolly said.
“I have established an investigation team at Ballyfermot Garda Station and they are liaising closely with gardai in Wicklow in the course of this investigation.
“We have carried out extensive investigations since Barry was reported missing.
“As a result of these investigations we have significant concerns regarding his welfare and safety.
“I would urge anybody with information to contact us,” he added.
Barry is described as being 5’11” in height and of thin build.
He has short grey hair and blue eyes and is described as walking with a slight ‘shuffle’, and also as having an old scar on the bridge of his nose.
When he was last seen he was wearing a dark rain jacket, blue jeans and black Puma runners.