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Saturday 21 September 2019

'Every day it gets harder' - Mother's anguish for missing son on his 21st birthday

"I just want to know is he okay, is he all right"

John Burke
John Burke

Sean Nolan

A mother has made a heartbreaking plea for information about her missing son on his 21st birthday.

Winnie Burke spoke to the The Neil Prendeville Show on Cork’s RedFM about her son John, who was last seen on June 16 in Cork.

Mother-of-nine Winnie, who lives in Tralee, travels to Cork every week to put up flyers and search for her son and on his 21st birthday today she made a fresh plea to try and find her second eldest.

"Every day it gets harder," she told the show. "I just want to know is he okay, is he all right. If he could just pick up the phone and ring us, we just need to know he is alright."

According to gardai, John was last seen on June 16 - five months ago - in Cork city.

Gardai say that John is described as being 5’ 6’’ tall of slim build and with short brown hair. 

It is not known what he was wearing when last seen.

Winnie said she is worried as his phone no longer connects, he hasn't been on his Facebook page since June 16 and he hasn't collected any disability payments that are due to him.

"It has gone five months," Winnie said. "It is so hard to go to bed at night not knowing where your child is, it doesn't matter what age they are."

The family are originally from Waterford before moving to Tralee in 2008.

However, the most positive leads on John came from Cork so every Saturday she travels down to the city to put up flyers and show John's picture to people.

Her husband does the same every Sunday but so far they have had no luck in locating their son.

"Nobody has seen him, nobody has heard of him," said Winnie, but she is hopeful that this reminder to the public on his birthday may jog someone's memory.

"Even if you just think it is him, just pick up the phone," Winnie said.

Anyone who has seen John or who can assist in locating him is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 7102300, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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