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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Jeff turns up safe and well

David Tucker

Published 11/03/2014 | 05:42

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MISSING Wexford man Jeff Hughes last week turned up safe and well in Australia, more than a month after his family and friends lost contact with him.

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MISSING Wexford man Jeff Hughes last week turned up safe and well in Australia, more than a month after his family and friends lost contact with him.

Jeff's mother Elie Hughes, of 11,Corry's Villas, said her 'missing' son was in touch with his brother on Thursday, apologising for being out of touch for so long and saying 'he had been travelling'.

'He sent a Facebook message to his brother (Jack), saying he had beeen in Alice Springs and is due back in Perth soon,' she told this newspaper.

Elie said she was both relieved and angry that he could remain out of touch for so long.

'You can't just disappear and not tell anyone.. you can't go off and do a walkabout. Didn't he think anyone would be looking for him.'

Until last week, the last anyone heard from him was on January 31.

'I can't believe he didn't know that we would be anxious about him. I haven't heard his voice and his brother has to re-assure me that he really was back in touch,' she said.

'Jack said definitely it's him.'

Elie said the family had been very anxious about Jeff and she was naturally delighted that contact had been made.

'I had to hold it together for the past couple of weeks,' she said.

Jeff is the younger son of Elie and Fintan Hughes, who is a maths teacher at the VEC in Kilmuckridge.

Elie said she wanted to thank all the people who helped in the search for Jeff on Facebook and through their own contacts.

Jeff left Ireland in 2012.

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