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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Missing man shows up alive and well

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Missing man Stephen Sherlock
Missing man Stephen Sherlock

A 31-year-old Dublin man who gardai had feared was pushed into a canal has turned up alive and well.

There were major fears that Stephen Sherlock had been the victim of foul play, but gardai announced yesterday that he had been located and the matter was no longer being treated as a missing person's case.

Last week, it emerged that officers were probing reports that Mr Sherlock may have been pushed into a Dublin canal after getting into an argument with drinking companions.

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Reports given to officers claimed that he had been pushed into the water in in the Portobello area of south Dublin a number of weeks ago.

Mr Sherlock, who is originally from the Pearse House flats complex in the south inner city, was reported missing by a male relative on Tuesday of last week.

It then emerged that he had not collected his social welfare payments for a number of weeks, since a date in August.

Then, in what seemed like another sinister twist, it was revealed that gardai were investigating whether another man had picked up a dole payment for Mr Sherlock, who had been living homeless in the Dublin city centre area.

However, the search for Mr Sherlock has now come to a successful conclusion and his family have been informed.

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