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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Search for Paul (24) continues

Published 15/01/2013|10:51

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THE SEARCH for missing Rush man Paul Byrne is now entering its fourth week, with a major effort over the weekend failing to unearth any clues regarding the young man's disappearance.

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A major trawl of the coastline in the Rush area at the weekend by Skerries Coast Guard, the civil defence and local people failed to find any trace of the popular 24-year-old.

His heartbroken family have continued their appeal the public to come forward if they have any information on the wehereabouts of Paul, who was last seen at 3am on Christmas Day on Sandy Lane in Rush THE SEARCH for missing Rush man Paul Byrne, pictured, is now entering its fourth week with a major effort over the weekend failing to unearth any clues regarding the young man's disappearance.

A major trawl of the coastline in the Rush area at the weekend by Skerries Coast Guard, the civil defence and local people failed to find any trace of the popular 24-yearold. His heartbroken family have continued their appeal the public to come forward if they have any information on Paul's whereabouts, who was last ween at 3am on Christmas Day on Sandy Lane in Rush. Despite extensive searches and appeals by both the family and Gardai, there has been no sign of Paul, whose own birthday fell on New Year's Eve. Over the weekend, volunteers from Skerries Coast Guard carried out low tide searches of Rogerstown Estuary, as well as the surrounding coastlines of Rush, Loughshinny and Portrane.

The searches on both Saturday and Sunday concluded after darkness but unfortunately nothing was found and there were no further clues to Paul's disappearance,' a spokesperson for Skerries Coast Guard told the Fingal Independent. She said the Coast Guard had been carrying out searches since late December, assisting the Gardai with their efforts to locate the missing man. In the region of 70 volunteers from the Dublin Civil Defence also carried out a major search in the Rush area on Saturday but unfortunately failed to shed any light on the disappearance.

His distraught mother Mary, in an emotional message, urged anyone with information on her son to come forward. 'Please please anyone with information on my son [come forward]. I'm asking from a broken heart. ' This is living hell for me and my children,' she said. And Paul's brother, Stephen who has mounted a publicity campaign on Facebook to find his brother and his family, has also appealed to his brother to return home.

In an emotional plea, Stephen posted: 'Miss you so much bro..pray to god you are out there safe and sound and just hope to god you find the strength to make your way home or let me know your ok..love you bro'.

Stephen paid tribute the volunteers of the civil defence who turned out in force at the weekend, thanking them for turning out on Saturday to search for his missing brother, stating that it meant a lot to the family. He is described as being 5ft 5" in height with blue eyes, a thin build and short, light, brown hair. When last seen he was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms, a black short jacket with a 'Ralph Lauren' logo on the the left side of the jacket.

Anyone who has seen Paul or who can assist in locating him is asked to contact Balbriggan Garda Station on 01 8020510, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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