Sunday 28 December 2014

Dog donated by Peggy Mangan Foundation joins hunt for missing pensioner

Published 07/08/2014 | 15:57

Gardaí at Finglas, Dublin, are seeking the publics assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 81 year old Thomas Kennedy missing from Finglas since 29th July 2014
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
Missing mum Carmel Tynan, last seen in the Laois area.
Peggy Mangan

The search dog being used in the hunt for missing 81-year-old pensioner Thomas Kennedy was donated to the Civil Defense by the Peggy Mangan foundation.

Max the search dog joins the team of volunteers who helped search for Peggy Mangan last December.

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".

54-year-old mother-of-two Carmel Tynan is also missing from the Laois area. She was last seen on Patrick Street in Portarlington on Sunday around 10.30am. She is 5'5" of "slight build", with short blond hair and hazel eyes.

The Peggy Mangan foundation are holding a second walk retracing tragic Peggy's steps next month to raise funds for the charity, which donated Max to the Civil Service.

The Peggy Mangan foundation have made efforts to publicise and support the resources available to those with missing loved ones  - classifying the missing person as high-risk "sooner" and utilising the Civil Defense, Irish Search Dogs and Mountain Rescue.

"Sadly we became aware of other resources that were available to ourselves and the Gardai.. after our search. We believe that if they were called in sooner... Peggy and Caspar could have been found sooner".

The Peggy Mangan Foundation are aiming to raise €50,000 towards the annual costs of running and maintaining their 'Mobile Outreach Unit' - affectionately called their 'Dementia Bus'. In April, they hit €30,800 - 61.6% of their target. You can donate here.

"If we can enact sufficient change that means one person is saved because of our Foundation, then our heartache will not be in vain."


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