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'Devastated' family appeal for return of missing Gerard Daly

The family told TheJournal.ie they fear Gerard may be dead, and they want his body brought home for burial.

Gerard Daly
Gerard Daly
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THE FAMILY OF a man who went missing last June have appealed again for any information on his disappearance, and said they believe he may be dead.

Gerard Daly, 43, was last seen by his partner at his home in Bailieborough, Co Cavan, on the evening of June 26 2011. His sister Belinda told TheJournal.ie that the family believe someone has information which could help them locate their loved one, known as Gerry.

She said Gerry’s mother, father and four siblings now fear the worst.

We believe at this point that he has come to an unsavoury end. We’re looking to have him brought home so we can bury him.

Gardaí confirmed today that they are still investigating the disappearance. The family are hoping that a witness will come forward with information which could provide detectives with the “missing link”, Belinda added.

“He just seems to have vanished into thin air, which does not happen,” she said. “Somebody’s seen him leave the house, and we are looking for that person.”

She said the family had issued a renewed appeal out of “pure desperation”, adding:

It ‘s devastating. It’s the not knowing that the worst. Our parents are an elderly couple now, but their lives stopped – all our lives stopped – on June 26.

Suicide and abscondment have been ruled out as likely causes of the disappearance, the family say. They also stress that no involvement with criminal or dissident activity has been uncovered. Gerry did not have his passport when he disappeared so it is thought he cannot have left the country.

When last seen Gerry was wearing a blue polo top with yellow strips, black work boots, and a G-shock watch. He has tattoos on his arms including a scorpion, an Irish flag and a stick figure drawing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Bailieborough gardai on 042 9694570, the Garda Confidential line on 180 666 111, or any garda station.

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