The son of a missing 71-year-old local man with dementia has issued a fresh plea for local people to be vigilant in case they come across him.
John Concannon, who also has hearing problems as well as anaemia, has been missing for a week.
The cross-border search for him was expanded over the weekend to include parts of the Muff border area, following the last confirmed sighting of him in the Fernabbey area of Derry last Tuesday at around 4pm.
His sons Jonathan and Edward have been desperately searching for him, joined by search and rescue volunteers.
Mr Concannon, who lives in Altcar Park in Galliagh, is described as being around 5’6” tall, of medium build and with grey hair. 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 week has been “absolutely horrible”. Speaking yesterday he confirmed that they had been searching alongside the Gardai in the border areas near Muff over the weekend, and appealed for anyone who may know anything to come forward.
Speaking last Friday to the ‘Journal’ he said the bad weather was adding to the family’s anxieties.
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 anaemic. With the cold weather he feels it twice as much as we would, and I have been out there shivering at times looking for him. There’s a high chance he has hypothermia.
“He suffers from dementia. It has only become really noticeable in the past year. He comes across as a very nice person. But if anybody sees him and goes up to him he is very placid and very pleasant.
“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 then down to get the Slievemore bus beside the Central Library and come home for his tea.”
Anyone who thinks they might have seen John is asked to contact Strand Road Police Station straight away on 101.