Monday 24 November 2014

I just want missing Tommy home, says tearful wife Fran

Emma Jane Hade

Published 11/08/2014 | 02:30

Volunteers help in the search for missing pensioner Thomas
Kennedy in Finglas.
Volunteers help in the search for missing pensioner Thomas Kennedy in Finglas.

The heartbroken wife of Thomas Kennedy, the pensioner who has been missing for almost two weeks, has said that she “needs him home”.

The 81-year-old was last seen  13 days ago, and his wife Fran is pleading with the public to help her family with any information they may have surrounding the pensioner’s whereabouts.

The family are growing increasingly concerned for their loving father, as the last confirmed sighting of him was outside his house in Virginia Park, Finglas, on July 29 at 9.30pm.

“If anybody has seen Tommy, or if he is still out there, can he just please come home,” his wife added.  “I need him home.”

The loving grandfather is described as being 5ft 4in tall, and was wearing a black rain jacket with a hood and dark chinos when he was last seen.

It is thought that he was putting out the bins outside his home when he disappeared, and there have been several unconfirmed sightings since.

Hundreds of people have been assisting the family with searches across Dublin, including the Civil Defence and a search dog called Max, who was donated to the voluntary organisation by the Peggy Mangan Foundation.

Clare Kennedy, Thomas’ daughter-in-law, said that the family are overwhelmed by the “absolutely unbelievable” support they have been receiving from the local community, with hundreds assisting with the search for the former Scouts leader everyday.

Ms Kennedy, who is married to Thomas’s son Paul, revealed that they have been receiving support from people who helped to coordinate  search operations for people in the past.

Mr Kennedy’s picture was displayed on the big screen in Croke Park during the GAA matches at the weekend and his family are asking people around to the country to look for

him, as he had his travel pass with him at the time he disappeared.

Gardai are also appealing for information about Kenneth Fagan, who was last seen in Dundalk, at 1.30pm last Wednesday.

The 23-year-old is described as being 5ft 8in, of a medium build with short dark hair.

The Co Louth man was wearing a blue hooded top and dark jeans when he was last seen.

Irish Independent

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