FAI and family appeal over Inishowen man missing in Paris

The Football Association of Ireland have issued an appeal to all Republic of Ireland supporters in Paris to assist in locating a missing Inishowen teenager who failed to return home yesterday.

Wednesday, 15th June 2016, 10:30 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 5:16 pm

Lee McLaughlin (19) from Gleneely arrived in Paris on Sunday with his father and another family member, and was due to fly back home to Ireland yesterday (Tuesday June 14) but did not turn up for his flight.

They attended Ireland’s opening Group E match v Sweden at the Stade de France on Monday evening before they returned to their hotel in Montmartre several hours after the game.

Sometime before 12pm on Tuesday, Mr McLaughlin is believed to have left Ibis Paris Montmartre hotel on his own, and he has not been seen since.

Lee’s family have also launched appeal on social media for information about his whereabouts and have said they are “all very worried”.

Mr McLaughlin’s sister has posted on Facebook to say he did not check in at the airport for his flight home, which has since departed.

Attempts to contact him by phone have proven unsuccessful, and his family said his phone is now switched off.

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney has been in touch with the McLaughlin family and has offered every assistance and support to the family, including the activation of an extensive communication and social media campaign to help locate Lee.

The FAI has today communicated with the Confederation of Republic of Ireland Supporters Clubs and has sought its help in locating Lee.

Anyone with any information can contact the FAI’s Rep of Ireland Ambassador Number at 00353 83 816 4158 or email [email protected]

The Irish Embassy in Paris can be contacted on 0033 1441 76780.