Fresh searches for missing Derry man John Concannon are expected this week after the latest search across a large swathe of Inishowen at the weekend, failed to reveal any new clues about his disappearance.
It is now almost two months since the 71-year-old from Galliagh in Derry went missing after getting off the Fernabbey bus at Lenamore Road.
Mr Concannon, who has dementia and is unable to communicate, was last seen on CCTV footage walking towards the border at Muff.
John’s brother Michael said the latest search on Sunday was conducted from the 19th Hole in Bridgend, along the main Buncrana Road and some fields on either side, down to the Red Door, Fahan.
Prayers were said for Mr Concannon at Masses in Inishowen on Sunday as Foyle Search and Rescue, a specialist river search team, Community Search and Rescue and other experts joined dozens of volunteers in the search.
“There were about 70 people in total,” Michael Concannon said. “There was nothing found, except a shoe, but the shoe turned out to be black and John was wearing brown shoes, more of a tan colour really. It is very good that people are still turning up and the searches are still going on. We searched that area very comprehensively.”
Mr Concannon said he expects that further searches will be conducted in the coming weekends, with the family and rescue experts expected to meet later today to discuss their next move.