Gardaí search for man who vanished while walking home alone
Gardaí have appealed for volunteers as a massive search operation resumed on the outskirts of Cork city for a man who vanished while walking home from a Christmas party.
The partner of Diarmuid Twomey (31) appealed for public assistance in tracing him as fears for his safety grow.
Gardaí are operating in the belief that Mr Twomey may have become ill or been the victim of a freak accident as he attempted to walk home.
His phone was discovered in a farmyard with sniffer dogs losing his trace near a rural roadway - prompting speculation he may have secured a lift or a taxi in the early hours of Sunday.
Mr Twomey vanished after he walked his partner to a taxi at 3am last Sunday but then said he wanted to walk for a bit because he was feeling unwell.
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Ciara Byrne said concern was growing for Mr Twomey's welfare after gardaí, assisted by sniffer dogs, found her partner's mobile phone near an isolated Cork farmyard. He may have the 8km route as a shortcut.
She stressed that his disappearance was totally out of character.
Mr Twomey had been at a party for his nephew in Bishopstown on Saturday evening and, accompanied by his partner, had then returned to a relative's home in Churchfield.
"We are trying to figure out what happened and are trying to retrace his footsteps," Ciara said.
In a separate and unrelated search, gardaí are trying to trace David Mannix (50) from Baker's Road, Cork, who vanished on December 12. Mr Mannix was seen on CCTV cameras in Cork city centre.