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Young brothers missing from Belfast may be in Tipperary

Gardaí have issued an appeal to find Patrick Hovarth (5) and Fabricio Hovarth (8).

Fabricio (8) and Patrick (5)
Fabricio (8) and Patrick (5)
Image: Garda Press Office

Updated May 23rd 2021, 2:00 PM

GARDAÍ HAVE ISSUED a missing person appeal for two young brothers who went missing in Northern Ireland over a week ago.

It is believed that Patrick Hovarth (5) and Fabricio Hovarth (8) may currently be, or have been, in the north Tipperary area.

On 16 May, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) issued a missing person appeal for the brothers.

Both boys were last seen getting into a black Ford in the Limestone Road area of Belfast at approximately 6pm on Friday 14 May.

The following vehicles may be connected to this appeal:

  • Black Ford Kuga – GGZ5425
  • Silver Peugeot 407 – IHZ8298

Both boys are dark haired and when last seen Patrick was wearing light-coloured bottoms and top with black shoes. Fabricio was wearing grey bottoms and a purple and green top.

Anyone with any information that can assist in locating Patrick and Fabricio is asked to contact Thurles Garda Station on 0504 25100 or the PSNI on 0044 2890 650222.

In a fresh appeal issued by the PSNI today, Detective Sergeant Faulkner said: “We believe, at this time, that Patrick and Fabricio may be in the company of a friend or a relative and they are in the Republic of Ireland.

“I am making a direct appeal to the person who is with Patrick and Fabricio to please get in touch with us as soon as possible. The number to call is 101, quoting the reference number 2275 of 14/05/21.

“I also want to appeal to anyone who has information about the boys, or who has seen them since Friday evening, to contact us immediately.”

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In a statemented issued on 19 May, the PSNI said police who are working to locate the brothers had charged a 27-year-old male with two counts of keeping a child away from a responsible person. He appeared in Laganside Magistrates court on Thursday and, as is usual procedure, the charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

Note: The boys’ surname was spelled incorrectly in the Garda press release but has since been updated to the correct spelling

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