Sons’ urgent plea to help find their missing father

John Concannon with his son Edward when he was a baby.
John Concannon with his son Edward when he was a baby.

The son of a missing 71-year-old Derry man has issued an urgent plea for local people to be vigilant in case they come across him.

John Concannon, who suffers from dementia and who has hearing problems as well as anaemia, has been missing since Tuesday.

John Concannon.

John Concannon.

His sons Jonathan and Edward have been desperately searching for him day and night, but numerous reports of sightings and potential leads on both sides of the Derry and Donegal border have come to nothing.

Mr Concannon, who lives in Altcar Park in Galliagh, was last seen on Tuesday (November 10) at around 4pm in the Crawford Square area of Derry’s city centre.

He is around 5’6” tall, of medium build and with grey hair, and when last seen he was wearing a black and grey beanie hat, a black coat, checked shirt and navy trousers.

His son Edward (21) who lives with his father, said the last few days have been “absolutely horrible”.

He is my father. He is old, he doesn’t know where he is, he is confused, and the longer this goes on the more life-threatening it is. We need to get him first to hospital and then home.

John Concannon’s son, Edward.

“We have been everywhere, we have followed up every possible lead but every one of them fell through,” he said.

“He is my father. He is old, he doesn’t know where he is, he is confused, and the longer this goes on the more life-threatening it is. We need to get him first to hospital and then home. It’s a very worrying time.

“My father is a quiet man who sticks to his routine and does the same thing every day. He has been doing the same routine every day for years. He goes to Poundland and goes around the corner to the bookies on William Street. He used to work at the Methodist Mission in Crawford Square and he still calls up there every day. He goes from the bookies to there and then down to get the Slievemore bus beside the Central Library and comes home for his tea.

“He suffers from dementia. It has only become really noticeable in the past year.

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.

“He comes across as a very nice person, he will shake your hand but then would look down.

“He would be proud and even if he is out there, he would keep his head down and keep walking. He doesn’t like making a fuss,

“He can’t put a sentence together because of his condition. Because of his lack of hearing he cannot hear himself speak.

“But if anybody sees him and goes up to him he is very placid and very pleasant.”

Speaking about the urgency of finding his father, Edward said: “My father is anaemic. With the cold weather he feels it twice as much as we would, and I have been out there shivering at times this week looking for him. There’s a high chance he has hypothermia.”

Edward said that they are exhausted and have hardly slept with worry over the past few nights.

Volunteers from a Community Search and Rescue Team have been helping the family and police in the search for Mr Concannon, which has been expanded across Derry and into Burt and Bridgend in Donegal.

Anyone who knows of his whereabouts or who thinks they might have possibly seen John Concannon anywhere is asked to contact Strand Road Police Station straight away or as soon as possible on the non-emergency number 101.