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Saturday 20 September 2014

Family face agonising wait in hunt for Thomas

Emma Jane Hade

Published 21/08/2014 | 02:30

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Volunteers helping to search in Santry Park for 81-year-old Thomas Kennedy, who went missing in the Virginia Park area of Finglas in Dublin
Volunteers helping to search in Santry Park for 81-year-old Thomas Kennedy, who went missing in the Virginia Park area of Finglas in Dublin
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

THE family of the missing pensioner Thomas Kennedy have revealed that they are facing an agonising four-day wait before the reservoir which is being drained as part of their desperate search will be completely empty.

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Claire Kennedy, the 81-year-old's daughter-in-law, said that the heartbroken family are now relying upon Mr Kennedy's grandchildren to keep their spirits up, as they are yet to 
receive any news on their beloved grandfather, who has not been seen in three weeks.

"We have no update whatsoever, which is disappointing. (His wife) has good days and bad days. Her granddaughters are keeping her going," Ms Kennedy added.

Thomas (pictured inset) was last seen outside his Finglas home at about 9.30pm on July 29. It is understood he was putting out the bins at the time. Volunteers have combed the area.

"His family and friends are all in Dublin," Ms Kennedy said. "He had his bus pass with him. At this stage he might've just lost his memory."

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the gardai. Mr Kennedy is 5'3" in height, and was wearing dark trousers, a T-shirt and glasses when he was last seen.

Irish Independent

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