Family 'so powerless' as teacher vanishes
THE brother of an Irishman missing in Spain said yesterday that the disappearance is "killing" his family.
English teacher Eoghan Timoney (36), originally from Co Sligo, has been missing since last Sunday in the Gijon area in the north of Spain where he has been living since August.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Mr Timoney's older brother Mark said his family feel "so powerless".
"I spent all day today wishing I had anyone else's life," he said. "I just want to know where he is so I can be there.
"He is somewhere where he needs someone with him. It's killing all of us."
He said it was totally out of character for his brother to stay away so long without contact.
"He's never done anything like this before. You could usually set your watch by him."
Mr Timoney speaks Spanish fluently and works at a language school in nearby Aviles.
When he disappeared he was carrying a wallet with around €40 and a credit card inside. He was wearing jeans and a brown jacket with a hood.
A local bus driver told police he saw Mr Timoney get off a bus in the La Calzada area of the city at around 1pm last Sunday carrying a rucksack. He spoke to someone after getting off the bus -- the bus driver said it looked like he was asking directions. He has not been seen or heard from since.
Police in Spain have not discounted the possibility that Mr Timoney may have vanished of his own accord.
A police source said: "We don't know what has happened. He doesn't suffer any psychiatric problems and he isn't taking any medicine. He left home without a rucksack."
Mark said he hoped that his brother decided to do the Camino de Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage walk for some reason. "Wherever he is, he doesn't want to be found. He is on a mission."