Body found during search for missing man

Body found during search for missing man



Friday – 9.05am

Gardaí have confirmed that a body has been found during the search for missing man Paddy Rainsford. The discovery was made late yesterday about 24 hours after the pensioner was last seen.

A Garda spokesman said: “Following the discovery of a body in the Ballina area of Tipperary, the missing person search for Paddy Rainsford has been stood down. Gardaí are working closely with the family during this tragic time. We would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance in this matter.”

Killaloe Coast Guard and South Eastern Mountain Rescue are assisting in the search

The Killaloe unit of the Irish Coast Guard and Shannon-based search and rescue helicopter are assisting in a major search for an elderly man around the Limerick/Tipperary border.

86-year-old Paddy Rainsford, from Annagh, Lisnagry, is also understood to suffer from dementia. When last seen leaving his home he was driving a Blue Skoda Rapid, registration 161 L 98. He was last seen at around 7.30pm yesterday when he left to drive to the Birdhill/Boher area of North Tipperary to play cards but he never arrived.

Gardaí mounted an initial search last night and have since been joined by volunteers from Killaloe Coast Guard, Tipperary Civil Defence, South Eastern Mountain Rescue, Limerick Land Search Team, Nenagh Ormond Search Unit and the crew of Rescue 115.

Paddy is described as being 5’ 10” in height, medium build, grey hair and grey/blue eyes.

Paddy’s family and An Garda Síochána have concerns for Paddy’s welfare as he suffers from a medical condition.

Anyone who may have seen Paddy or has information on Paddy’s whereabouts are asked to contact Newport Garda Station on 061-378102, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Tipperary Civil Defence are also taking part in the search operation
Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.