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Thursday 23 November 2017

Family of man missing for 13 years make heartbreaking plea: 'Please help end our pain'

Martin Kehoe with a picture of his grandson Martin Doyle, who has been missing for 13 years
Martin Kehoe with a picture of his grandson Martin Doyle, who has been missing for 13 years
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Martin Doyle vanished 13 years ago without a trace and his family are appealing for anyone with information to come forward, to help "end their heartache".

This week marked the anniversary of Martin's disappearance from the village of Suncroft in Co Kildare.

He was 20-years-old when he went missing on Monday, October 4, 2004.

Family and friends continue to share his picture on social media in the hope that someone will get in touch with information. To this day there have been no definitive lines of inquiry, with his disappearance remaining a mystery.

Family and friends continue to share his picture on Facebook in the hope that someone will come forward
Family and friends continue to share his picture on Facebook in the hope that someone will come forward

Martin's cousin, Adrienne Ryan, said his parents have been left "absolutely devastated", and their health has been badly affected.

"It has taken a terrible toll on them. They just can't understand how nobody seems to know anything," she told Independent.ie.

"He was meant to go to work that morning but he asked his mother to ring in sick for him. He had a little scooter and the battery needed to be replaced in it, so he left it at home and headed out the door about ten past eleven.

"He was last seen standing at a statue of the Virgin Mary in Suncroft."

Adrienne said Martin had a Nokia phone at the time and it continued to ring for three days after he went missing.

"If you were going to run away, you would have turned your phone off. Some people thought he may have gotten a bus but only one bus went through Suncroft at the time and that was around 10am in the morning. He was waiting for someone to pick him up.

"We believe that somebody out there knows something, and we just wish that they would have a conscience and come forward."

Martin was working as an apprentice panel beater at the time. His wages were paid into his bank account that week but they were untouched. He left his bank card at home on the day he went missing.

"It's crazy that there has been nothing, absolutely nothing. My grandfather, who is 84 now, is just devastated as him and Martin were very close." 

Other family members have made heartbreaking pleas on Facebook this week

He was wearing a navy jumper with a white stripe on the sleeve, navy tracksuit bottoms, an Adidas jumper and runners when he was last seen.

Known to his friends as Murt, he is described as 5'7'' in height, of thin build with short brown hair, blue eyes and a pale complexion.

Anyone has any information in relation to his disappearance are urged to contact the gardaí in Kildare on 045 521222, or contact the family via Facebook

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