Appeal to check outbuildings as search for missing pensioner resumes

The streams being searched in the Lenamore Road area yesterday.
The streams being searched in the Lenamore Road area yesterday.

The ongoing search for missing Derry man John Concannon resumed this morning, with people along the Derry- Donegal border in the Lenamore and Muff areas asked to check farm sheds and outbuildings.

Following yesterday’s searches by a PSNI diving support team along swollen streams close to Lenamore Road and Beragh Hill Road, police returned to the rural area close to the Donegal border last night to stop passing motorists.

Edward Concannon with a picture of his father John. Edward has appealed for anyone who might have seen his dad to get in touch.

Edward Concannon with a picture of his father John. Edward has appealed for anyone who might have seen his dad to get in touch.

Mr Concannon, who is 71 years of age and has dementia as well as suffering from deafness and anaemia, has now been missing for over a week.

He was last seen at around 5.40pm walking along the Lenamore Road in the direction of the border.

He had a rigid, daily routine of going up to the town and visiting Poundland, a bookmakers on William Street and his former place of employment at the Methodist Mission in Crawford Square, before returning to his Altcar Park home for his tea at 5pm.

However his brother Michael told the Journal yesterday that due to some movement of buses at Foyle Street depot he seems to have gotten the Fernabbey bus instead of the Slievemore bus and became confused because of his dementia when he alighted from the bus.

At present our focus is on the Lenamore Road area. We would like anyone who lives in the area to check on any outlying sheds or farm buildings.

SNI Detective Superintendant Mark McEwan

A PSNI spokesman said this morning: “Last night police visited the Lenamore Road area outside Derry, where the last confirmed sighting of the 71-year-old pensioner was noted.

“He is believed to have travelled by bus to the area.

“Vehicles were stopped to ascertain whether anyone who had been the road the previous Tuesday had noticed Mr Concannon.

“During the day on Tuesday, an underwater search team checked waterways in the area, while the PSNI Search and Rescue Team scoured open ground.

John Concannon.

John Concannon.

“Searches were also carried out by Gardaí in Co Donegal, assisted by a Community Search Team and a Coastguard helicopter.”

PSNI Detective Superintendant Mark McEwan said: “Our enquiries are continuing. At present our focus is on the Lenamore Road area. We would like anyone who lives in the area to check on any outlying sheds or farm buildings.

“Also, we would like anyone who has CCTV outside their homes or businesses to check any recordings.”

Anyone who can assist the search enquiries is asked to contact their local PSNI or An Garda Siochana station.

The search is concentrating on the Lenamore Road/ Beragh Hill Road area.

The search is concentrating on the Lenamore Road/ Beragh Hill Road area.