Family seek help as they broaden search for missing Gary

Gavin and Sinead Campbell, brother and sister of missing Creggan man Gary Campbell, pictured at one of the searches along the Foyle riverbank. DER1215MC008 (Photo: Jim McCafferty)
Gavin and Sinead Campbell, brother and sister of missing Creggan man Gary Campbell, pictured at one of the searches along the Foyle riverbank. DER1215MC008 (Photo: Jim McCafferty)

The family of a Derry man who was last seen entering the River Foyle last month are to broaden out their search area to include the eastern shores of Inishowen.

Gary Campbell’s family have been conducting daily searches since he went missing over a fortnight ago.

Gary Campbell

Gary Campbell

The 31-year-old Creggan man was witnessed entering the Foyle from Craigavon Bridge.

His last movements were captured on CCTV at around 3am on Saturday, March 21st.

He had returned to the bridge within four hours of being brought home from the same spot.

His sister Sinead Cassidy appealed for assistance from local people on both sides of the border who can help them recover his remains.

Every day you are going out with a promise and coming back with empty hands.

Sinead Cassidy

The search meeting point is at Sainsbury’s in Derry, with Sinead, other relatives and many local people posting the daily meeting times, which reflect the changing tides, on Facebook.

During the meetings, the division of the search area is agreed before the teams head off.

Thanking those who have been helping the family with their searches to date, Sinead said: “We are out every day, morning, noon and night. It might seem silly searching at night but you are afraid in case you miss anything.

“We are now talking as a family about widening our searches across the border, towards Redcastle direction. If there is anybody, divers or anybody, willing to help, it would be greatly appreciated.

“Even people out walking, if they could keep a wee eye out.”

Sinead said that the safety of those searching was a main priority, with participants wearing high visibility clothes and working in teams with radios.

Meanwhile a specialist, water-based search operation was conducted at the weekend involving, among others, Foyle Search and Rescue, Strabane Aqua Club and local boat owners from Moville. However no trace of Gary has been found.

“We just need to get his body back so we can get him laid to rest,” Sinead said.

“My mother [Siobhan] is devastated.

“Anybody that has been through it will know what my mother and our family is going through.

“Every day you are going out with a promise and coming back with empty hands.”