About Missing.ie

This website was created in May 2000, following the disappearance of my first cousin, Aengus Shanahan from Limerick in February 2000. At that time there was no other Irish website, except for the Garda Siochana Website, that allowed people to post appeals about missing loved ones. The Garda Siochana now have an excellent website with a section on missing persons and there are also a number of other websites which offer this facility including ‘Cork City Missing Persons Search and Recovery’ . There is also a National Missing Persons Helpline which is a local call from anywhere in the Republic of Ireland and the number is 1890-442 552. Their website, www.missingpersons.ie, carries appeals for people missing from or in Ireland, whose cases have been reported to the Gardai.

Please spend some time reviewing the Missing Persons Page and perhaps you could be the person who will help locate a missing person. There is also a ‘lost contact’ section to the website for people searching for loved ones who have lost contact but who are not missing persons There are a number of reasons why a person would go missing, sometimes known only to him or her. One phone call from them would be enough to put their families’ minds at ease. Where a person has been abducted and taken against their will, there are always people who have information which can lead to the recovery of a body or to information leading the authorities to the place of their captivity. Any information that you can give can help.

(Fr) Aquinas T Duffy

Webmaster

www.missing.ie

 

How Many Go Missing?

“Category A” (High Risk) covers the reports which require immediate action on the assumption that the missing person is at serious risk, such as child abduction or possible suicide threats.”

“Category B” (Medium Risk) refers to persons who may have disappeared of their own volition and are assumed not to be at any immediate risk such as persons who have a reason to leave or have left a note stating that they do not intend to return.

“Category C” (Low Risk) includes reports where there is no apparent threat of danger to the missing person or the public such as a person over 18 who has decided to start a new life.

 

The statistics from the Garda Annual Reports are below:

Year

Acceptable

Unacceptable

Untraced

1999

1800

691

20

2000

1806

673

22

2001

2123

612

67

2002

2337

446

74

 

Reported Missing

 

 

2003

3987

 

76

 

Year

A

Untraced

B

Untraced

C

Untraced

Total

Untraced

2004

2612

44

1531

22

917

17

5060

83

2005

3277

37

1559

21

1161

17

5997

75

2006

3830

50

1611

14

1370

18

6811

82

2007

4514

51

1758

17

1720

30

7992

98

2008

4408

39

1782

11

1790

20

7980

70

2009

4776

65

1286

12

1687

14

7749

91

2010

6059

38

869

9

1411

22

8339

69

2011

6556

24

770

5

1185

9

8511

38

2012

6914

32

704

7

1167

12

8815

51

2013

5980

10

694

6

1079

12

7753

28

2014

7395

16

731

4

1053

11

9179

31

2015

8097

30

781

4

1091

14

9969

48

2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

9819

24