John Concannon: New leads followed up but CCTV draws a blank

John Concannon.
John Concannon.

The brother of missing Derry man John Concannon said they were exhausted but still ‘hoping against hope’ despite a number of new leads failing to turn up any definite information.

Michael Concannon said they were frustrated that the ongoing search for John has provided no concrete clues as yet as to his movements since he disappeared three weeks ago.

He was speaking as new potential clues to the mystery surrounding John’s movements were being followed up in the Malin area today.

Michael said he has now reviewed 13 days of CCTV footage from a business in the Umricam area outside Buncrana, but nothing was found.

The CCTV footage was examined in the wake of a report that John was seen in this area by a local woman a week after he went missing.

It is now thought that if it was him, he may have taken a fork in the road which would put him out of range of the cameras.

Really to be truthful we are running in circles, hoping against hope. What else is there?

Michael Concannon

It also emerged last week that there had been a potential sighting close to the Half Way House several miles away in Tooban.

John Concannon vanished after getting off a bus in the Lenamore Road area of Derry, close to the border with Donegal, on Tuesday November 10th at 5.40pm.

The 71-year-old suffers from dementia and seems to have taken the wrong bus home by accident, throwing him off his daily routine.

A massive search operation has been conducted over the past three weeks involving hundreds of local people, Community Search & Rescue, the PSNI, An Garda Siochana and a range of other local organisations.

Michael Concannon, younger brother of John Concannon.

Michael Concannon, younger brother of John Concannon.

Donegal Mountain Rescue yesterday revisited the area around Fanny Wylie’s Bridge, where John was last seen walking in the direction of the border.

The search area has largely focused on Derry and the Inishowen peninsula, particularly the rural and wooded terrain between Bridgend and Buncrana in the west and Muff and Quigley’s Point in the east.

Michael Concannon said there was a fresh report of a potential sighting in Buncrana of a man eating out of bins at the weekend, but when they got there it was another “unfortunate soul”.

He said there has also been a potential lead regarding a report that a man with communication difficulties had gotten on a North West Busways coach at Muff and alighted at Malin Town the morning after John went missing.

“We went down to Malin Town on Sunday looking through CCTV footage there but we couldn’t see him,” Michael said. “We are down canvassing these areas at present.”

Speaking about the last three weeks, Michael added: “Really to be truthful we are running in circles, hoping against hope. What else is there?

“We are out night and day, you are not sleeping properly, you only get two to three hours sleep and then your mind is thinking, where could we look?; could we look there? Your head gets fried.

“It is exhausting and frustrating. We have covered every base we could cover and we are wondering what do we do next? Where do we go next?”