River Foyle is searched after trainers are found

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The search for a Derry man, missing since the early hours of Tuesday morning, continued last night.

Volunteers from Foyle Search and Rescue were joined by the Irish Coastguard and PSNI helicopter to search the river banks at low tide - just as they have every day since Tony Browne disappeared.

Tragically that search seems to be concentrating almost exclusively on the River Foyle.

This is due to the fact a pair of shoes, confirmed as belonging to Mr. Browne, were found on the apex of the Foyle Bridge early Tuesday morning. However it must be stressed no one was seen or reported as entering the water.

Tony’s uncle, Martin Connolly, told the ‘Journal:’ “We are hoping after hope that he turns up but we have been searching the Foyle for the last few days.

“The family would like to appeal to anyone with any information, on Tony or his whereabouts, to contact ourselves or the police. Tony is missing and while he is we will continue the search.”

Third person

Craig Smith of Foyle Search and Rescue also appealed: “If anyone is feeling depressed please contact Lifeline or Samaritans, this is the third person in two weeks we’ve searched local rivers for. Last week we talked three males down off the Foyle Bridge.”

Tony Browne was last seen in the Carnhill area of the city in the early hours of, Tuesday May 14. He is described as being approximately 5’8” tall, of medium build, with short ginger coloured hair and last seen wearing a black and white zip top with blue coloured sleeves, white coloured t-shirt and dark coloured jeans.

Anyone with any information should contact Strand Road Police on 0845 600 8000.