30 March 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Patsy McArdle

GARDAI were joined by sub-aqua divers in searches last weekend at lakes near Castleblayney and Carrickmacross for a 37-years-old South Armagh man, Padraig Campbell of Drumboy Road, Crossmaglen, who has been missing since March 18th.
The lake searches also followed searches of wooded areas in counties Monaghan and Cavan and in the Cooley area of Co. Louth.
Mr. Campbell, a part-time digger-driver, was last seen at Cullaville village around 7 p.m. on Sunday 18th March. He is 5’ 8” in height of stocky build with red hair. He was wearing a grey tee-shirt, a black body warmer, and navy blue jeans.
Padraig spent some time at his parents’ residence on the Sunday where he waited for his son to arrive and spend the afternoon with him until he travelled to drop the boy off, for an overnight stay, at the residence of Padraig’s sister, near Inniskeen.
Gardai say his car, a blue Toyota Avensis, with a UK registration number, HX53$KU, is also missing.
It is understood the missing man’s mobile phone has gone dead, or is switched off. The possibility of tracing the SIM card, through the communications networks, is being pursued.
Gardai have requested anyone with information that might help trace Mr. Campbell to contact them at Carrickmacross garda station, Tel 00353 42 99690190 or any garda station.
Relatives of the missing man also joined in the plea yesterday for any information to help locate his whereabouts .
A Crossmaglen community group spokesman, Mr. P.J. Toal, who has been spearheading the search operation in the area, said: “Everyone is completely baffled by this man’s disappearance—we are all now very concerned for his safety”.
“The fact that his car has also vanished makes it all the more baffling”.
Inquiries have also been extended over the Cavan region, to which it is understood Mr. Campbell was a fairly frequent visitor.

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