Possible sighting of man missing for 14 years

Gardaí in Clare are investigating a possible sighting of a man missing from Co Monaghan for over 14 years.

Michael Anthony ’Tony’ Lynch, who would be 68 years old today, lived at Fermanagh St in Clones, Co Monaghan. He was last seen at 2pm on January 6, 2002.

Gardaí in Clare are investigating a possible sighting of Mr Lynch in the county last month.

On April 15, a young man travelling from Cork to Ballyvaughan in Clare picked up a hitchhiker in Mallow. The driver was approached by a man at a local filling station who asked for a lift to the next village.

While chatting in the car, the man asked if he could continue to Ennis.

During their conversation, the hitchhiker called himself Gerry and mentioned he was from Clones. He also said he had lived in Dublin for a time and mentioned a connection with Parteen in East Clare.

On arriving in Ennis, he dropped the man off on the Limerick Road close to the West County Hotel. The man is understood to have set off on foot in the direction of Clarecastle and the Clare Abbey roundabout.

The driver described the man as being about 70 years old, 5ft 10in in height, of medium build and with a moustache and bald. The man was carrying a green gear bag on his shoulder.

At the time he was wearing a black fleece coat, black trousers and a black woollen hat and also appeared to be familiar with Ennis town.

The original description of Mr Lynch was that he was 5 foot 11, of medium build, with grey receding hair.

Sgt Joe Downey said: “It’s only a chance but it’s a chance that this is the missing man. This motorist became a bit worried after the conversation and thought the man might need some assistance.

“He checked a missing persons website and found details about missing man Mr Lynch whom he believed might be the man he picked up in Mallow on April 15. He was concerned enough to contact gardaí,” Sgt Downey added.

Gardaí from Monaghan travelled to Clare and spoke to the young man while the missing man’s family have also been contacted.

“If anyone knows anything about this man or has any information, please contact us in Ennis and we will follow it up, wouldn’t it be great for the family of this man if we could find him,” Sgt Downey added.

  • Gardaí in Ennis can be contacted on 065 68 48100.


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