Gardai are urging the public to help them trace a father-of-two who has been missing from his home in Dunboyne, Co Meath, for over a fortnight.
The disappearance of Terry Byrne, (45), was the subject of tonight’s Crimecall programme on RTE One in which Mr Byrne’s brother, Paul Byrne, issued an emotional plea for any information on his brother’s whereabouts.
“If you know anything, just pick up the phone,” he said.
He described his brother, a widower who lost his wife in 2012, as a doting dad to his two young sons.
“For the past eight years, he was Mam and Dad,” he said during an interview at the studio this evening.
“It’s totally out of character for him,” he said of his sudden disappearance.
“Seventeen days are gone now and no one knows where he is. The boys are credit to him, brave little lads. They just want their Daddy home,” he said.
Gardai believe Mr Byrne left his home between 1am and 7am on February 7. The back door to the house he shared with his two young sons was unlocked.
Mr Byrne’s family believes he was wearing a blue hooded top, navy tracksuit bottoms and grey trainers that they noted were missing from his wardrobe.
His car was left outside the house and his bank cards, passport and house keys were not taken with him, nor has there been any activity through his bank account and gardai have not been able to trace him on any CCTV cameras.
The last contact with him was when his mobile phone pinged at 6.02am on February 7 in Dunboyne before the battery died. The phone – a black LG G6 smartphone – remains missing.
Gardai said extensive searches of Dunboyne were undertaken by hundreds of local volunteers.
Searches involving the Civil Defence, water rescue units, search and cadaver dogs, the Irish Coast Guard and Garda Air Support Unit have failed to turn up any traces of Mr Byrne.
He is described as 5’6” in height, with a medium build and short fair hair.
Anyone with information is urged to contact gardai at the Ashbourne garda station, the Garda confidential line or any garda station.