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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Family of late Irish man Robert McHale (23) travel to China

Published 29/03/2014|12:52

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Consular assistance is being provided to the family of an Irish man who has died in China.

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The family are due to arrive in Jiaxing, Zhejiang in eastern China.

Chinese police have said they won't release any details of the circumstances until they meet with the family.

Robert McHale (23) from Galway had been reported as missing since last Monday.

Family and friends of Robert had been appealing for the public's help to find him.

According to one friend, his passport, bank card and phone were found in his apartment with no sign of him.

Friends had been worried for his safety, saying he spoke very little Chinese.

The General Consulate in Shanghai is providing consular assistance to the family, according to a spokesperson from the Department of Foreign Affairs.


McHale was living in the Zhejiang province south of Shanghai, China (Photo: Google Maps)

On Friday, a member of Robert's family had been appealing for the public's assistance on online forums.

He said Robert's TV and laptop were found switched on in his apartment, and his passport, money, phone, iPod, his bag and all his clothes were left behind.

Robert's brother said in his last message to him, Robert was very excited about a new story he was writing.

Robert's coworkers had also contacted police, his neighbours, local bars and newspapers to help find him.

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