Wednesday 17 January 2018

Appeal to find missing criminal

Philip O'Toole vanished two weeks ago (Garda/PA)
Philip O'Toole vanished two weeks ago (Garda/PA)

The family of a convicted criminal who vanished two weeks ago have made an emotional appeal on his birthday for information on his whereabouts.

Father-of-one Philip O'Toole, who has just turned 33, has not been seen since leaving the house he was sharing with friends in Arklow, Co Wicklow, on Monday January 7.

Originally from Bray, it is understood he fled his home town after being shot in the stomach in a suspected row between rival drug gangs in August 2011. He is well-known to gardai.

O'Toole, who has a seven-month-old baby boy with his partner Jennifer Kelly, did not co-operate with gardai during the investigation into the gun attack.

Detectives who carried out a sweep of Bray, after he was reported missing by his family, found his BMW 3-series car parked at Dargle Avenue in the town the night after he disappeared.

The passenger side window was down and documents were strewn around the car but it is not thought the papers are significant to the inquiry or indicated any sign of a struggle. His father Brendan O'Toole made a plea for anyone who might have seen him or with information on his whereabouts to contact the investigating gardai.

Mr O'Toole described his son as a quiet young lad whose hobbies included fishing.

Detectives are looking at CCTV footage and mobile phone records to piece together O'Toole's movements since he was last seen leaving the house at Meadows Lane, Arklow. They are also seeking witnesses who may have spotted him since 5pm on January 7 or who may have noticed his blue BMW car - registration 99 D 82211 - parked at Dargle Avenue, on the Lower Dargle Road, close to where roadworks are going on.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Frank Keenaghan said the missing man is a creature of habit and his disappearance is out of character. O'Toole regularly contacted his family but has not been in touch since he disappeared, and has not used his bank cards.

He is described as 5ft 11in, 11 stone, of average build, and with brown hair.

Press Association

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