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Saturday 21 October 2017

Taxi trip clue in search for missing grandfather

The son of a missing man has appealed to people living in the Baldoyle region of Dublin to be vigilant for any trace of the 81-year-old.

His appeal comes following a possible breakthrough in the search for Thomas Kennedy who has been missing from his home in Finglas in Dublin since July 29.

A Dublin taxi man told gardai he believes he may have picked up the missing man shortly after midnight on the night he went missing near his home in Virginia Park.

His son Vincent (46) told the Herald: "The taxi man had been away for three weeks. He has told gardai he brought him to Baldoyle. He may or may not be my father but we hope it was as it will have been the first true sighting."

The taxi driver brought him from Finglas to Belmayne or Balgriffin but the passenger then changed his mind and they ended up in Baldoyle.

"My brother Paul lives in Baldoyle with his wife Clare so he might even have been dropped off near Paul's home," said Mr Kennedy.

Gardai have moved their search to the Baldoyle area. Civil Defence volunteers have been requested to search the old race course at Baldoyle.

Shops

"Baldoyle is close to Sutton and my dad used to go digging for bait for sea-fishing at Red Rock," he said.

"He had been very well on the day he disappeared. CCTV showed that he had been over at the shops earlier in the day before he went missing.

"He had been diagnosed with COPD which is connected with emphysema and the lungs but otherwise he was grand and had a clean bill of health. There wasn't a bother on him."

The missing man's wife Patricia 'Frances' (65), their three sons and nine grandchildren have received strong support in the community since Thomas disappeared.

"There's been a lot of prayers and people have been praying in Lourdes for him," said Vincent.

The missing pensioner is 5'3'' with a slim build and short grey hair. He was wearing a black rain jacket with a hood, a short-sleeve white and blue polo shirt, dark trousers, and black shoes.

"We're still racking our brains. My father was a teetotaller and he never went anywhere without our mother," he said.

His daughter-in-law Clare Kennedy, who lives in Baldoyle, said she had a gut feeling he may have had a heart attack or a fall.

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