GARDAI believe that missing criminal Philip O'Toole has been abducted by former associates after a row and fear he may be dead.
Officers believe the dad of one, who turned 33 yesterday, was lured to a location in Bray, Co Wicklow, and taken away without a struggle.
The missing man's father, Brendan O'Toole, yesterday appealed to anyone who had information about his son's whereabouts to contact gardai at Bray.
Brendan O'Toole said: "His birthday is today and his mother is very upset. We would like him back home."
O'Toole was well known to gardai and had previously survived a gun attack in August 2011.
He is described as 5ft 7ins tall, weighs 11 stone, of medium build and has short, brown hair.