Gardaí to question McGeever over 8-month disappearance

A wealthy businessman found wandering a lonely border road in a barefoot and dishevelled condition last Tuesday is to face formal questioning by gardaí later this week about his mysterious disappearance.

The background to the reappearance of Co Galway property developer, Kevin Michael McGeever, 68, after allegedly being held captive and tortured for eight months in a shipping container remains shrouded in mystery.

Mr McGeever is currently being treated in the Midlands Hospital in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, for a fractured knee cap as well as malnutrition and dehydration.

Hospital staff have informed gardaí that Mr McGeever had marks on his wrists and feet which suggested he had been tied up for a lengthy period.

The owner of a property company in Dubai, KMM International Properties, was discovered on on a quiet road near Ballinamore, Co Leitrim.

Among the bizarre events surrounding his reappearance are claims that Mr McGeever had the word “thief” carved on his forehead, although it is unclear whether it was written in ink or blood.

It is believed Mr McGeever claimed he was kidnapped by people with links to the Russian mafia who had beaten him and broken a number of his bones, as well as threatening his life during his period in captivity.

Mr McGeever, who comes originally from Swinford, Co Mayo, lives in a €3m mansion in Craughwell, Co Galway

Although he went missing from his home last May, it was almost another month before his disappearance was reported to gardaí in Gort, Co Galway, by his partner, Siobhan O’Callaghan.

Mr McGeever has told gardaí he was taken by gunpoint from his home from on May 27 last.

Adding further to the mystery were unconfirmed media reports this weekend that Mr McGeever’s family had received contact on a number of occasions since he vanished.,

Catherine Vallely, who discovered Mr McGeever wandering on a road between Ballinamore and Swanlinbar last Tuesday, and gave him a lift to a nearby Garda station, said a friend he called refused to come and collect him.

She confirmed the businessman, who sported a long beard and overgrown fingernails, had just a torch and a mobile phone in his possession.

Ms Vallely said Mr McGeever had told her had been thrown out of van wrapped only in a sheet.

Ms Vallely’s partner, Peter Rehill, said the developer had no idea where he was or what time or date it was. “He was in bad shape, he was like a skeleton,” said Mr Rehill.

Although Mr McGeever had been interviewed briefly by detectives on a number of occasions since his re-appearance, Garda sources indicate he remains confused and vague about his lengthy ordeal.

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