Dad's tribute to volunteers searching for missing son
A DISTRAUGHT father has praised the spirit of volunteers, who are helping to keep his family positive while the search continues for his missing son.
Eugene Mulrooney praised the good work of around 400 volunteers who have been searching Cork city for Caolan Mulrooney (18).
The UCC student has been missing since the early hours of Friday morning following a Christmas party with friends.
Caolan was last seen at 1.20am near the Barrack Street area of the city and Mr Mulrooney said that examination of CCTV footage indicated that his son did not leave either end of Barrack Street.
He asked residents of the area and premises owners to check any possible locations that they may not have searched so far.
"There is support from so many people," he said yesterday.
"It has been absolutely incredible. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Cork so far, keep up the hope because we need that."
Sergeant Tony Davis from Anglesea Street garda station described Caolan as six foot tall with a strong athletic build, and he was wearing a blue and white top when he was last seen.
"He had a touchscreen phone which has not been found and we believe the Barrack Street area was quite busy when Caolan passed around there, so it is quite likely that someone would have seen him.
"We're appealing to anyone who may have had a premises locked in the area for the last few days to check them."
Divers from the Navy and Mallow Search and Rescue are using sonar equipment to search several sections of the River Lee in the city, although there have been no sightings of the missing student entering the water.