Tuesday 20 March 2018

Family of missing woman urge people to 'stay with her' if seen

Margaret Mangan (65), known as Peggy
Margaret Mangan (65), known as Peggy

Fiona Ellis

THE HUSBAND of an Alzheimer's sufferer has spoken of his growing concern as she remains missing since Tuesday, when she went out to walk her dog.

Margaret Mangan (65), known as Peggy, may have walked many miles across Dublin.

A series of potential sightings have placed her as far away as Glasnevin and the M50 Finglas junction.

Her husband, Tommy, said the family is "in a spin" since she went missing, and asked that anyone who spots her to "stay with her".

He said his wife has never been away so long. "That's the sadness of it, you get caught up thinking she is fine, and then this happens."

However, he said he appreciated the support from friends, family and the public in helping to find her.

"The amount of the sightings we've received, it's good to see there are so many people out there willing to do things for you," he said.

Peggy (right) left her house on Mount Tallant Avenue in Terenure just after 11am on Tuesday wearing a white jacket and black trousers.

Tommy's son, Jon, urged members of the public to look out for her, but also if they do spot her to stay with her until the authorities arrive.

"It's fantastic that people are ringing in, but it's not much of a help if she is gone by the time the gardai make it down there.

"Obviously she hasn't been standing around otherwise she would have been found by now.

"If someone could actually go over and talk to her. She is really chatty and very friendly and she'll have a chat no problem."

Peggy went missing after walking her dog, a brown and black Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

"The dog has a collar with the phone number of the house on it," said Jon.

Gardai contacted the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) yesterday to ask if there had been any reports of a King Charles dog found stray in the city. DSPCA spokeswoman Gillian Bird said: "The gardai have been in touch in case there is any sign of the dog turning up anywhere. Our staff are on the alert."

If anyone spots Peggy, they can contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or Terenure Garda Station on (01) 666 6400.

Irish Independent

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