Saturday 14 December 2019

Irish hiker (27) missing on pilgrimage is 'located'

Vincent Walsh
Vincent Walsh

Ralph Riegel

AN IRISH man missing for 11 days along the Camino de Santiago on the France-Spain border has been located.

Vincent Walsh from Cork has yet to make contact with his family but his uncle, Maurice, said they are "relieved and delighted" that the 27-year-old is finally believed to have been found.

"We got a call that a man named Vincent Walsh from Cork has signed into a hostel in a mountainous part of the French Pyrenees. We believe it just has to be him," Maurice said.

"Unfortunately, the hostel staff only received his photo from the French gendarmes after Vincent had left. But his photo will be up on the wall at the next hostel when he checks in and hopefully he will ring home straight away."

It is believed Mr Walsh took some time to camp out in the picturesque Pyrenees – and was unable to contact home because his phone's battery was dead or he had no signal.

"We're pretty confident it is him and we're just so relieved," Maurice said.

"He probably has no idea that we were so worried about him or trying to contact him to make sure he was alright."

"We would also like to say a special 'thank you' to all the people and particularly the media who helped us with the appeal for information on Vincent's whereabouts."

Vincent was trekking the French element of the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain since July 17.

His family issued the appeal after they hadn't had any contact since July 19.

The last contact anyone had from Vincent was on July 21 when he mailed a package of clothing that he didn't need to a friend in Germany.

Irish Independent

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