Sunday 11 December 2016

Enda Harris found 'safe and well' after four days

Family delighted as Enda Harris found in Clontarf

Geraldine Gittens and Denise Calnan

Published 29/11/2015 | 23:02

Enda Harris (inset) has been missing since Thursday and was seen in Phoenix Park on Saturday
Enda Harris (inset) has been missing since Thursday and was seen in Phoenix Park on Saturday

A woman who had been missing since Thursday has been found safe and well.

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Enda Harris (45) was found by gardai in Clontarf this morning after a member of the public reported a sighting of her.

Her delighted brother Robbie told independent.ie: "The lead this morning was a good one. We found her safe and sound. We found her in Clontarf."

"It ended with a happy ending. She’s a bit dazed, we’re just taking it bit by bit."

Ms Enda Harris
Ms Enda Harris

"I just want to thank the Coastguard - 30 men volunteered over the weekend - all the gardai in Ballymun, Balbriggan, there were squad cars in Phoenix Park over the weekend, I want to thank the media, and everyone on social media."

"We didn’t have a mobile to track her, and this proves when you reach out, people keep an eye."

CCTV images show Enda Harris leaving Beaumont Hospital on Thursday afternoon (Photo: Independent.ie)
CCTV images show Enda Harris leaving Beaumont Hospital on Thursday afternoon (Photo: Independent.ie)

"It's a heartwarming story before Christmas. We’re going to mind her and take care of her, and not let her out of our sights."

Over the weekend, there had been a few reported sightings of Enda. Gardai had confirmed a bank card belonging to Enda was used at an ATM on the city's quays on Saturday morning.

CCTV images show Enda Harris leaving Beaumont Hospital on Thursday afternoon (Photo: Independent.ie)
CCTV images show Enda Harris leaving Beaumont Hospital on Thursday afternoon (Photo: Independent.ie)

She was later spotted in the Phoenix Park that afternoon.

A woman fitting Enda's description was also spotted in the city centre on Friday night and Saturday night. Witnesses said they were 80pc sure that the woman they saw was Enda.

Enda's family issued a desperate appeal for information on her whereabouts, as they described her sudden disappearance as "completely out of character".

Enda went missing from Beaumont Hospital at around 4pm on Thursday, and she was captured on CCTV leaving the hospital.

She had no change of clothes with her, and was wearing a black jacket with a hood and dark grey trousers. She was also carrying a black handbag.

Mr Harris told independent.ie yesterday: "A park ranger at the Phoenix Park was able to confirm that he spoke to Enda on Saturday afternoon, but unfortunately he wasn't aware that she was a missing person," Mr Harris said.

"He later notified gardai when he realised who he had spoken to. She was sitting on a bench, he said he is aware of the comings and going of people in that area of the park.

"He clocked her because he hadn't seen her there before.

"That was our last confirmed sighting of Enda."

"There were two more reports of sightings. They weren’t confirmed sightings. One was near Grafton Street. One sighting was by somebody who works with the homeless community, and the other was a member of the public.”

Robbie had hoped that her dishevelled disappearance might draw attention.

“She hasn’t got a change of clothes, so she might look a bit dishevelled. That’s all we have to go on.”

Enda's mobile phone was been switched off since Thursday and she was not believed to be using her car, a silver Chevrolet car registration 05 KE 10172.

"This is completely out of the ordinary," Mr Harris said yesterday.

"Enda is a private person and would keep to herself, but this is completely out of the ordinary, we're always able to contact her."

Enda's family issued a massive social media appeal across Facebook and Twitter.

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