A PROPERTY developer missing from his home for the past eight months is being treated in hospital after being found disorientated and starving at the side of a rural road.
Kevin Michael McGeever, who once traded property in Dubai, turned up after being on a garda missing list since last summer.
Mr McGeever (68) was found on a road near Ballinamore, Co Leitrim, late on Tuesday night.
Friends and relatives are said to be both "astonished" and "delighted" that he had been found.
It is understood Mr McGeever told gardai that he had been dropped off at the rural location by a van, but he was unable at this stage to recall where he had been for the past eight months since disappearing from his home in Gort.
The Mayo native had no money on him when he was found, but did have a mobile phone and a torch.
"He was covered in a plastic bag and wasn't wearing any shoes," said Leitrim county councillor Martin Kenny, who spoke with the couple who found Mr McGeever.
"He told them he had been dropped off by a number of men in a van and he had been in the van for some time. So it certainly appears that he was being held against his will, and that is what he indicated.
"Where he has been for the past months is anyone's guess, but it must be a great relief for his family."
"He was absolutely ravenous," added the councillor. "He was extremely thin and not in great shape at all.
"He didn't know where he was and had to be told he was in Leitrim."
Mr Kenny said gardai had re-visited the rural road outside Ballinamore with the couple to examine the scene where he was found.
Mr McGeever was last night receiving treatment at Mulligar Hospital.
It is understood Mr McGeever is being treated for malnutrition and dehydration. Gardai are hoping to speak to him today if he is medically fit.
During the boom, he ran a successful property business selling luxury homes in Dubai to wealthy Irish and British clients.
When he was reported missing to Gort garda station last June, an address he had been using at Brooklawn, Clontarf, Dublin, was also included in the missing person report.
Locals in Gort, Co Galway, also said they were baffled to hear of the incident.