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Missing dad's daughter tells of family pain

The daughter of a missing Dublin man has told of the emotional turmoil his disappearance is having as the search enters the fourth week.

"I'm not sleeping, I'm so worried and upset but I'm trying to remain positive," Marie Douglas (32) told the Herald.

Her father, Patrick Douglas was last seen on January 5 at 4pm waiting for a bus on Amien Street in Dublin.

Aside from arthritis, Mr Douglas was in good health said his daughter.

Mr Douglas had no belongings, passport and little cash on him when he disappeared.

"We're very close," said Ms Douglas. "He's very outgoing, he'd talk to anyone and he's very positive and friendly."

She added: "Dad would go on pilgrimages to Lourdes and Medjugorje by himself, he was very religious, but he would never go without telling me."

Mr Douglas was living in Coolock with his wife Teresa daughter and son Drew.

His wife said he left the family home on Sunday, January 5, around lunchtime to visit one of his favourite churches in town.

"He has lots of faith so that's why it makes it more surprising that he would do something," said Ms Douglas.

Mr Douglas was last seen by his nephew Stephen Douglas, a Dublin Bus driver.

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He passed the 64-year-old when he was driving down Amiens Street towards Bus Aras. The bus driver usually stopped and collected his uncle but not that Sunday as he was going in the opposite direction.

Dublin Bus has no CCTV footage identifying Mr Douglas.

Friends and family have contacted hostels, homeless shelters and religious orders, but there have been no new sightings of Mr Douglas.

Mr Douglas is 5ft 10in, with green and blue eyes and receding black/grey hair. He was wearing a sandy-coloured leather jacket and black Nike runners when he was last seen.

A poster campaign is being launched in Dublin today and gardai have raised the case to high risk. Anyone with information is asked to contact gardai at Coolock on 01 - 6664200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any garda station.

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