Saturday 23 March 2019

'I'm never going to give up' - partner of missing Wexford man appeals for divers to help in search

Melissa Furlong with her partner PJ Fanning
Melissa Furlong with her partner PJ Fanning
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

THE partner of a Wexford man who has been missing for nearly three weeks has appealed for divers to help with search efforts.

It has been 18 days since Patrick Fanning (34), known as PJ, was last seen in Wexford town.

His girlfriend Melissa Furlong - who is expecting a baby in August - is encouraging volunteers and divers to continue looking for the father-of-two.

"The longer the search goes on, the harder it will be to get people to come out so we are asking people not to give up," she said.

"Every day is getting tougher."

PJ has been missing since the early hours of Sunday morning, February 24, when he was seen leaving Jim McGee's pub.

His 03 Audi A4 was later discovered in the car park at Ferrycarrig Hotel with the keys still in the ignition.

"There's been no sightings, no updates and we haven't retrieved anything. People have to return to work and it's really hard. I have stressed and asked for navy divers and any professional people to help."

Search efforts are to resume today with Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue set to join in. A search team from the Boyne Fishermen's Rescue and Recovery Service travelled down to Wexford last week to assist in search operations.

"We had a very special bond... I'm never going to give up," she said.

When last seen PJ was wearing a blue denim jeans, blue Adidas runners with white stripes, a light blue short-sleeved shirt and a black jacket.

He is father to a 14-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl, with another baby on the way.

"We need all the help we can get," Melissa stressed.

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