Friday 19 January 2018

Teen's father issues plea as hunt enters day seven

JEROME REILLY

Searches were continuing yesterday for missing Co Kildare teenager Cormac Clare, from Kilteel, not far from Naas.

A massive search operation has been underway in the days following the disappearance of the Naas CBS student from his home.

The 18-year-old was last seen at his home by his older brother at 2am on Monday last.

However, analysis of the log on the household security system suggests that Cormac left his home at around 6am on that day.

There were unconfirmed sightings of a teenager matching his description around the Kilteel area at about 7am on the day he went missing.

The hunt for the youngster has galvanised the community with gardai and mountain rescue personnel being joined by a large number of local volunteers.

Yesterday his father Seamus again appealed for the public's assistance and said that what had happened was totally out of character.

He thanked all those assisting in the search as well as those using the internet and social media to highlight the search.

Cormac is described as being about 6ft 1in tall and thin. He has short brown hair.

When last seen he was wearing a navy jacket, possibly made by Regatta, a reddish coloured Jack Jones hoodie, plain navy cotton Nike tracksuit bottoms or blue jeans and runners. He may also be wearing a blue beanie hat.

It is possible that he is carrying a small black and green rucksack manufactured by Jack Murphy.

Superintendent Patrick Mangan, of Naas garda station, yesterday appealed to the public for information.

"We have grave concerns for Cormac's welfare and have carried out extensive searches since Monday. This morning there are over 400 people, including local gardai, garda divisional search teams, Garda Water Unit, Civil Defence and members of the public from the locality, involved in the search.

"We are especially appealing to members of the public who may have seen Cormac near his home on Monday morning, the 22nd of October, or hitchhiking on the N7 or N81 routes to contact us."

Cormac's father told the Sunday Independent that his son may have money with him as he had recently celebrated his 18th birthday.

Anyone who can assist in locating Cormac is asked to contact Naas garda station on 045 884300, the garda confidential telephone line at 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

Sunday Independent

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