Friends turn to the internet to find missing Irishman
Sean Walsh, a traveller from Dungarvan in County Waterford arrived in Sydney last November on a year-long world trip, and was last seen at his home address in Howard Street, Randwick on Sunday, and friends are hoping someone may have seen him in a pub or a party over the weekend.
Family friend Gill Mahony has posted a missing person notice on Lonely Planet website’s Thorn Tree travel forum in the hope that fellow backpackers may have seen the missing 26-year-old.
“Sean is my friend Brid Walsh’s brother and he went missing in the Randwick area of Sydney last weekend,” Ms Mahony’s post says.
“They have had no contact with him since before the weekend and they are now extremely anxious as it is totally out of character for him. He is 26-years-old and is extremely good natured and a fun loving person.
“Brid and her sister Mairead are currently in Sydney searching but they are only two people and any information would be greatly appreciated.
“We all know someone over there and you would never know who could have seen him in Sydney over the weekend.”
Another friend has posted a missing persons notice for Mr Walsh on Twitter and others have suggested setting up a page on social networking sites such as Facebook, Myspace and Bebo to keep friends and family up to date on developments in the search.
A special website has been set up by family and friends to aid the search and Irish media have picked up the story.
Police have also joined the search for Mr Walsh with the assistance of the police air wing Polair, which has conducted a search of the area surrounding Randwick without success.
“We have escalated our response based on the concerns of the family,” Det Insp Paul Pisanos said.
“We are not treating it as a suspicious death, but as a high risk missing person. It is definitely out of character.”
Mr Walsh is described as being of white/European appearance, 175cm tall with a thin build, shaved brown hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion. He was last seen wearing khaki boardshorts, khaki hooded jumper and thongs.
If you have seen Mr Walsh since Sunday morning, please contact Brian Flanagan on +353879509895 or Maroubra Police on 9349 9299.