The brother of a missing Derry man has appealed for information as he joined a PSNI diving support team in a search close to the Derry-Donegal border on Tuesday afternoon.
The PSNI deployed the search team on Tuesday afternoon along the Lenamore Road from near the junction with Beragh Hill Road in the back roads of Galliagh as they continued the intensive search for John Concannon (72), who has now been missing for a week.
It now appears that Mr Concannon got on the wrong bus following some confusion at the bus depot on Foyle Street.
Mr Concannon, who has from dementia, deafness and anaemia, had a daily routine of going up thew town and returning on the Slievemore bus to his home in Altcar Park in Galliagh in time for his dinner.
However it seems he instead got on the Fernabbey bus, located right next to it, by mistake and from there may have become confused.
John’s last known movements, captured on CCTV, show him close to Fanny Wylie’s Bridge along the Lenamore Road in Derry close to the junction with Beragh Hill Road last Tuesday at around 5.40pm.
It was here that search teams were concentrating yesterday, along with a Search and Rescue team.
There was support from the air yesterday from the Sligo Search and Rescue helicopter, while gardai and volunteers were also searching the adjoining areas along the Donegal side of the border.
Speaking to the Journal at the scene, John Concannon’s younger brother Michael said: “We’re extremely grateful for the help of the search and rescue people.
“It’s been a week now since he has gone missing and apparently according to the people at the bus depot, the bus men know him getting off and on the bus; they know that he has dementia and has difficulties, and they are always able to direct him, but apparently the buses shunted up a bit to let the other bus in and he has got on the wrong bus and he has ended up here which has probably totally confused him. We would be grateful for anybody who has any sighting of him.
“He is extremely deaf and because of the dementia it has affected his speech and he can’t really communicate, so he should stand out for anybody that would come across him and we would be extremely grateful if anybody would pass the message on to either police or the garda.”
Michael Concannon added that the past week has been “extremely tough” on the family as they search night and day.
PSNI Supt. Mark McEwan meanwhile said on Tuesday: “The last confirmed sighting we have is of Mr Concannon at Lenamore Road. Searches continue to be carried out in the area and by Gardaí in adjacent locations across the border.
“A short time ago, an underwater search team began a search of a waterway in the area.”