Saturday 25 January 2020

'This is totally out of character' - family deeply concerned for missing man believed to have travelled to Ireland after vanishing from home

Curtis Higgins. Picture supplied by family
Curtis Higgins. Picture supplied by family

Cian Murray

An English woman has issued an appeal for her missing son who she believes may be in Ireland.

Curtis Higgins (29) was last seen in his home in Manchester at around 11am on Sunday morning. Mr Higgins, who lives with his mother Denise, is 6'4, has greenish blue eyes and short brown hair.

He was last seen wearing navy slacks, a pale green top with a 'Manchester Royal Infirmary' logo on it, black trainers and a black backpack.

Mr Higgins sent a message to his mother shortly after leaving their home stating that he wasn't coming back.

His phone has since been turned off and his passport cannot be found. Police are currently following up reports that Curtis' bank card has been used to purchase a ferry ticket from Holyhead to Ireland.

His mother, Denise, said that Curtis was in good humour in the days leading up to his disappearance.

She said: "He was in good spirits with me in the few days before he went and I've talked to all of his friends and they said he was happy with them too."

The family have connections in both Westport and Longford and on a previous trip Curtis expressed an interest in visiting the home of his late grandmother in Westport.

Mrs Higgins said that this is not the sort of thing that he'd normally do.

She said: "This is totally out of character. He is not thinking like the Curtis I know. He has a responsible job and is a member of the Labour party. He is not normally the sort of person who leaves responsibilities."

Mr Higgins, who is a trainee shop steward with Trade Union Unite, also has connections in Northern Ireland.

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