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Missing Irish teacher found safe but disorientated in Italy

THE family of missing man Eoghan Timoney, who was discovered last night in Italy, have said he was "tired and disorientated" when he asked for assistance from police in Turin.

Eoghan went missing 12 days ago in Spain.

Last night, his relieved family were trying to arrange 36-year-old Eoghan's safe return to Ireland for today.

His brother Mark, who spear-headed the search for him in northern Spain, and his girlfriend Analia Garcia issued a joint statement to say he was found "safe and sound" when he presented himself at a police station in Turin.

They added: "Eoghan was tired and disorientated and asked for assistance from the police. The police contacted the honorary consulate in Milan and allowed Eoghan the opportunity to call home."

Mark was in Aviles in northern Spain where he travelled earlier in the week to launch a search for his brother.

Eoghan presented himself to the police shortly before 7pm yesterday.

"I've spoken to our mum Ann and she's delighted he's safe," said Mark. "My sister Catherine is ecstatic.

"The support we've had from people and the prayers they've said for Eoghan have been so important.

"I don't know how we'd have coped as a family without them."

Appealing for privacy in the coming days and weeks for Eoghan and his family, he added: "All we want to do now is get him back home and make sure he gets the help he needs.

"I can't wait to hug him and tell him how much I love him."

Eoghan disappeared in Gijon, northern Spain, after telling his girlfriend he was going for a stroll.

He left the flat they shared in the city with just the clothes he was wearing and a wallet with a credit card and around €40 in it.

Analia, his girlfriend of 12 years, was overjoyed: "I've spoken to Eoghan on the phone and he sounds very tired.

"I won't be totally fine until he's back in Ireland but I'm obviously over the moon he's safe," she added.

"It's been 11 days of hell and this last day was the worst."