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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Peggy Mangan search team joins hunt for missing grandfather

Sam Griffin

Published 05/08/2014 | 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 who helped in the search for Dublin dog walker Peggy Mangan, who went missing from her home last year, are now assisting the family of grandfather Thomas Kennedy who has not been seen for a week.

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More than 100 people are now taking part in daily searches for Mr Kennedy (81).

He was last seen outside his home in Virginia Park in Finglas, Dublin, last Tuesday, July 29, shortly after 9pm.

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Search efforts are expanding to Howth and Sutton following extensive trawls of the areas near Mr Kennedy's home, the missing man's daughter-in-law Clare Kennedy said.

"People have been great, but can only do so much - so the more people we have, the easier it is, particularly because we're covering a larger area now," she said.

A group of volunteers who helped search for Alzheimers sufferer Penny Mangan, when she went missing from her home in Terenure last October, have also joined in the search.

"We really didn't know what we had to do.

"We didn't realise we had to contact the Civil Defence, for instance, but some of the people who were involved in that search for her have been helping out," Mrs Kennedy said.

Peggy Mangan's disappearance sparked a massive hunt before her body was discovered around 9km from her home, four days after she went missing while walking her dog.

Mr Kennedy was last seen wearing dark trousers and a white polo top with blue stripes.

"We're all devastated but we're staying strong because we have hope we'll find him," Mrs Kennedy said.

Irish Independent

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