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Thursday 21 August 2014

Video: Sisters plea for return of brother's body for Christian burial

Paul Williams

Published 05/06/2014 | 07:11

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Patrick Heeran vanished from his country home on October 3, 2011 and has never been seen since.

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The 48 year old unemployed bachelor is believed to have been abducted, murdered and his body buried at an unknown location.

The missing man’s sisters, Sheila McCrann and Doreen Keegan have made a heartfelt plea for anyone with information to come forward so that they can give their brother a Christian burial.

Patrick was last seen alive in Mohill, County Leitrim on October 3, 2011.

It is known that he left his council house at Aughavas with his killers some time later that same evening, which is a short distance from the church where rugby great Brian O'Driscoll was married.

When his sisters could not contact him they visited the bungalow where he lived alone and found the TV was still on and his can of cider sat opened on a table beside his cigarettes.

His freshly ironed clothes had been neatly laid out on his bed. Over two years and eight months later Patrick’s home remains as it was the night he disappeared.

Journalist Paul Williams presents a special investigation for Independent.ie on a murder mystery that has gone largely unreported.

No one has yet been arrested in connection with his disappearance although there are a number of suspects. Earlier this week the Irish Independent revealed that two gardai have claimed they were also targeted by one of the men suspected of being involved in the abduction.

Gardai have made a number of appeals for information and recently carried out searches in County Cavan.

In one appeal the officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Inspector Jim Delaney said: "We have serious concerns for Patrick's wellbeing and safety.”

Gardaí have appealed for anyone with information to contact Carrick-on-Shannon Garda Station on 071-9650510 or the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800666111.

Irish Independent

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