Wednesday 26 November 2014

Dublin Civil Defence plan large-scale search on Sunday with search dog Max's aid

Published 08/08/2014 | 09:05

Max, the search dog donated by the Peggy Mangan foundation, takes to the canal in search of missing pensioner Thomas Kennedy. Photo: Dublin Civil Defence and the Peggy Mangan Foundation
Max, the search dog donated by the Peggy Mangan foundation, takes to the canal in search of missing pensioner Thomas Kennedy. Photo: Dublin Civil Defence and the Peggy Mangan Foundation
Max, the search dog donated by the Peggy Mangan foundation, takes to the canal in search of missing pensioner Thomas Kennedy.
Gardaí at Finglas, Dublin, are seeking the public's assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 81 year old Thomas Kennedy missing from Finglas since 29th July 2014

The Dublin Civil Defence Forces will conduct a private meeting with An Garda Siochana at 11am today to plan a large-scale search of Finglas and the surrounding areas on Sunday.

It is expected they will place a call for more volunteers on the 'Find Thomas Kennedy' Facebook Page.

The Dublin Civil Defence Forces confirmed that they will be conducting a "big search" on Sunday, aiming to "go over the whole area again".

Meanwhile, the search dog donated by the Peggy Mangan Foundation has taken to the canals in search of Kennedy, who was last seen on the 29th of July.

Aidan Hanna of the Dublin Civil Defence Forces said that Max has been "working hard" to find the pensioner.

"We got the call on Thursday...Max has been out every day since."

"He can be out for up to three hours on land... On the boat, he expends less energy so he could be out for up to five hours".

The photo above was taken on the Royal Canal between Campbell's bridge and Ashtown and shows Max taking off in search with Michael O' Sullivan.

Kennedy is thought to have his bus pass with him as his family have been "unable" to locate it in his house, but is not thought to have any bank cards or money with him.

More than 100 people are now helping with the search, including a group of volunteers who helped in the search for missing dog walker Peggy Mangan last year.

Speaking to 98FM, Kennedy's daughter-in-law says Max has "been out every single day... Unfortunately, they haven't been able to... pick up Tommy's scent anywhere".

The search is now covering areas of Ballymun, Cabra and Blanchardstown and are appealing for volunteers to help with the searches from 6pm in the evenings.

Kennedy was a 'Beaver leader' and local scout leaders are being asked to help find the pensioner.

Thomas Kennedy was last seen on the 29th July 2014 around 9.30pm in the Finglas Area. He was dressed in dark trousers and a white polo top with blue stripes. Family members have asked that "frequent users" of the Dublin Bus routes 40, 40D, 17A and the 220 contact them if they recall seeing someone of his description around that time and date.

They add that he may now have some facial hair and could appear "fragile and disorientated".

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Finglas Garda Station.

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