Sean WALSH

 

Name: WALSH Sean Sex: Male
Year of Birth: 1983 Age Now: 26

 
At Time of Disappearance
Age: 26 Height (cm): 175.0 Build: Thin
Hair Colour:   Eye Colour:   Complexion: Fair
Nationality: Irish Racial Appearance: Caucasian    

 
Circumstances
Sean was last seen in the Randwick area on 10 May 2009.

Search for missing man - Randwick

2009-05-13 15:21:47

 
Police are currently conducting an extensive search and investigation into a man that went missing from his home in Sydney's eastern suburbs on the weekend.
 
Sean Walsh, a 26-year-old Irish national, was last seen at his home address in Howard Street, Randwick on Sunday, 10 May 2009.
 
Since being reported missing, police from Eastern Beaches Local Area Command with the assistance of police air wing, Polair, conducted a search of the surrounding area without success.
 
Police hold serious concerns for the welfare of Mr Walsh.
 
He 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.
 
Anyone who might have seen Mr Walsh, or with information about his whereabouts is urged to contact Eastern Beaches Detectives on (02) 9349 9299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Irish visitor missing in Sydney

 
SYDNEY, May 14 (UPI) -- A young Irishman who had been living in Australia during an extended around-the-world trip has disappeared in Sydney, officials said.

Sean Walsh, 26, a biomedical engineer, was last seen Sunday, police say. He had a ticket Tuesday to fly back to Ireland for a visit with his family but did not make the plane, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Two sisters, Brid and Mairead, arrived in Sydney from Waterford Wednesday. The sisters and Walsh's friends have turned to networking Web sites to help in the search and set up their own site, seanwalshmissing.com.

Walsh left Ireland in late 2007 and spent time in Japan and New Zealand. He had been in Sydney since November.

"He has a very close relationship with my mother and the rest of us, and is in regular contact," Brid Walsh told the newspaper. "For him to go missing like that is completely out of character."

Walsh's housemates said that the usually outgoing surfer had been withdrawn and quiet for a few days before he vanished, Mairead Walsh said. Walsh had also applied for a job in Australia and was waiting to hear whether he had been hired.

Net used to find lost Sydney tourist

Article from: The Daily Telegraph

by Nick Moncrieff-Hill

May 14, 2009 12:00am

FRIENDS and family of an Irishman who went missing in Sydney's eastern suburbs over the weekend have turned to social networking sites on the internet in a bid to locate him.

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.
 

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.

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.

Friends turn to the internet to find missing Irishman

 
Friends and family of an Irishman who went missing in the Randwick area over the weekend have turned to social networking sites such as Twitter in a bid to locate him.

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.

 

Irish family mystified over vanished brother

  • Glenda Kwek - SMH
  • May 15, 2009

SEAN Walsh, a young Irish traveller described as "easy-going" and "laidback", was last seen in Randwick on Sunday morning.

The 26-year-old who has been in Sydney for six months as part of a round-the-world trip, was not himself.

His housemates said he was withdrawn and not his usual, outgoing self.

Mr Walsh was due to return to Ireland for a holiday in two weeks' time but booked an earlier flight for last Tuesday. He did not turn up at the airport.

His older sisters Brid and Mairead have flown from Waterford on Ireland's south-east coast to help search for him. They said it was "completely out of character" for him not to tell his family of his whereabouts.

Mr Walsh has been travelling since late 2007 and went to New Zealand and Japan before coming to Australia in November.

"He has a very close relationship with my mother and the rest of us, and is in regular contact," said Brid Walsh. "For him to go missing like that is completely out of character.

"This is the first time [on his trip] we haven't been able to contact him. He's usually in contact once or twice a week - [via] email, Facebook, everything." Mr Walsh, a biomedical engineer, was waiting to hear if he had won a job he had applied for.

The sisters and Mr Walsh's friends have set up a website - seanwalshmissing.com - and put alerts on Facebook, Twitter and the travel site Lonely Planet. They have contacted Gaelic clubs because Mr Walsh is an active Gaelic football and hurling player and a popular member of Sydney's Irish community.

He is an avid surfer and usually went to the beach on Sundays but he did not have his surfboard with him when he disappeared.

"His friends said he wasn't himself for a couple of days," said Mairead Walsh. "He hadn't been talking, hadn't been as outgoing as usual and was a little bit withdrawn. He said he was fine and didn't say what was upsetting him."

Mairead Walsh said Maroubra police told the family their brother had not accessed money from his bank accounts or credit cards on Sunday or Monday. They were waiting for more details about his financial activities in the past few days.

She said the police had checked flights and concluded he had not left the country.

Story by Arjun Ramachandran
June 15, 2009 - SMH
 

.............Meanwhile the search continues for another missing Irishman, Sean Walsh, who was last seen at his Randwick unit last month.

The 26-year-old, who arrived in Sydney last November as part of a year away from home, went missing in the early hours of May 10, apparently without taking his mobile phone or belongings.

The police spokesman this morning said there had been no updates on the search for Mr Walsh, and the search continued.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Mr Walsh is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Vanished without a trace

August 22, 2009 - SMH

 

The disappearance of Sean Walsh has dumbfounded everyone. He may have taken the only clue with him. Tim Elliott investigates.

AIDAN FRENCH woke late in his Randwick flat, made breakfast and waited for his flatmate, Sean Walsh, to emerge from his room. Walsh, a fellow Irishman, never surfaced that Sunday, May 10. "I didn't think anything of it because his door was closed," French says.

Only when another friend dropped by did the two men look in Walsh's room. "It was pretty normal," French says. "There were some clothes, his mobile was there, plus some books by the bed. But there was no Sean."

Three months later and there is still no Sean, his disappearance baffling family, friends and police, who say his bank account is untouched. There has not been so much as a false sighting, despite an extensive public awareness campaign led by Walsh's sisters.

"Usually you'll get at least one person saying they saw someone who looked like the missing person in Byron Bay or wherever,'' says Paul Pisanos, a detective inspector. ''In this case we have nothing … It's as if he has literally fallen off the map."

Trim, with short brown hair and an easy smile, Walsh, 26, was by all accounts engaging and intelligent. He was was not a gambler, did not take drugs and had no history of mental illness.

"He was handsome and popular, particularly with the ladies,'' said Siobhan NiFhaolain, of Canberra, Walsh's godmother. "He's the last person you'd expect to disappear. But we do know now that something happened to him in those last few days that troubled him greatly.''

A biomedical engineer by training, Walsh left his home town of Dungarvan, Ireland, in 2007 on a round-the-world ticket. A keen skier, he worked in ski resorts in New Zealand and Japan, then backpacked in South-East Asia. He arrived in Sydney in June last year, and promptly visited NiFhaolain in Canberra. "We talked about the family and his sisters and his skiing. He was perfectly laid back and happy."

Walsh returned to New Zealand but was back in Sydney in October, quickly settling into the life of an expat Irishman, playing Gaelic football and hurling, surfing on Sundays and drinking at Bondi Junction pubs like The Cock and Bull and Tea Gardens. By December he had a job with the carpet cleaner Absolute Services in Randwick.

"Sean was very dependable," says Craig Whelan, its owner. "He could be a little shy, but he was always very reliable." Whelan trusted Walsh, and often lent him a company van at weekends.

Walsh told Whelan he planned to return to Ireland briefly in late May. He had been planning the trip with his younger sister Aine as a surprise for their mother. On Wednesday, May 6, he went for a job interview with Advanced Surgical Design and Manufacture, a company in St Leonards that specialises in prosthetic implants and surgical tools. "Sean came back saying the interview had gone well," Whelan says.

But on Thursday Walsh came to work "acting a little odd". Later that day Whelan started fielding calls from clients asking why Walsh had not turned up. "And so I called Sean and asked him what was going on. And he said that he was going home to Ireland early, that something very bad had come up. I said to him, 'What, like a death in the family?' And he said, 'No, it's worse than that.'''

On Friday a still agitated Walsh told Whelan he would book his air ticket that day. "I said, 'OK, take the van for the weekend and I'll see you on Monday and we can sort out your pay and everything then.'"

On Sunday morning Whelan found the van in his driveway. "There had been no phone call from Sean to say he was going to do that. The van's door was shut but unlocked, and the key was in the ignition, with all his stuff in it: his surfboard, wetsuit, rash vest, some paperwork of his, a T-shirt.''

Police say there is no evidence of foul play, but can offer little more to Walsh's family.

"The destroying effect of this is unimaginable," Aine says.

"I am not sure how my family still get up in the morning or go to sleep at night.''