Gardai have 'grave concerns' for teenager missing since Monday
OVER 400 people are taking part in a search for 18-year-old Cormac Clare today with gardai increasingly concerned for the teenager's safety.
He has been missing from his home in Kilteel in Kildare since Monday.
"We have grave concerns for Cormac's welfare and have carried out extensive searches since Monday," Superintendent Patrick Mangan said today.
"This morning there are over 400 people, including local Gardaí, Garda Divisional search teams, Garda Water Unit, Civil Defence and members of the public from the locality, involved in the search.
“We are especially appealing to members of the public who may have seen Cormac near his home on Monday morning… or hitchhiking on the N7 or N81 routes to contact us."
A massive search operation has been underway in the days following the disappearance of the Naas CBS student from his home.
He has not been seen since about 2am on Monday morning.
His parents, Seamus and Lorraine, have said his disappearance is totally out of character.
Earlier this week, his father Seamus said: “My wife Lorraine and I been overwhelmed by the spirit of the community as well the work of more experienced personnel like the Gardai, Civil Defence and Mountain Rescue people.”
He said that the disappearance of Cormac, the second born of three boys in the family, was totally out of character for him and there is no apparent reason for him to leave without making contact.
“Very many people have made great sacrifices to help in the search and over the past few days the weather has been very inclement but that has not deterred them.”
Mr. Clare went on to appeal for anybody who may know anything or even think they know something to come forward.
“We have no idea why he left. We just want him back and there will be no repercussions in any way for anybody who can help us. Any bit of information could help to lead the search in a new direction.”
Cormac is described as being 6ft 1in or 6ft 2in tall, and thin, with short tight brown hair.
When last seen, he was wearing a navy jacket (possibly Regatta), a wine-coloured hoodie, navy plain Nike track suit legs (cotton style) and runners.
It is possible he also had a small black and green Jack Murphy rucksack in his possession, gardai said.
Gardaí are asking that anyone with information contact them at Naas Garda station - 045 884300, the Garda Confidential Line - 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.