Gardai and Civil Defence to join in seach for missing Simon Day

A Garda search team and the Civil Defence are to join in the search for missing Newtown man Simon Day on Thursday morning.

The search is set to resume from Season Park between 9 and 9.30am.

Simon has been missing for his home at Season Park in Newtown since last Sunday evening.

The distraught father of a missing man has begged his son: “Please get in touch and let us know you’re alive.”

The 28-year-old sent his dad William a text message hours after he disappeared which has left the family deeply concerned.

It read: “Thanks for everything. Love you guys, see you.”

William said: “We are driven up the wall at the moment.

“He has just disappeared into thin air. Hours after he went missing we got the gardai involved.

“They have been great. They got the helicopter out and have been searching high and low for Simon, just like us.

“But nothing’s been found, no trace of him.”

Pleading with his son to get in touch with the family, William added Simon didn’t have to talk to them and can just send a text or tell a friend he’s OK.

He added: “If he needs time to himself then so be it.

“We don’t mind that at all. We understand.”

Simon was last seen at 11pm on Sunday at his home in Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow.

And the small village has come together in a desperate bid to find him.

William said he couldn’t be more grateful to those supporting the family at this difficult time.

He added: “Every single person here is on the lookout.

“We’ve had search teams going through the area since he went missing.

“Shop owners are keeping the eye out, so are the taxi men. Everyone is.

“But we’re hoping he hasn’t gone out there to do something terrible. He has so many friends and we all love him. We just want to know he’s OK.”

Simon had left a different message on his Facebook page hours after he went missing.

It read: “Whoever said it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all is a fool.”

His father is trying to understand what Simon means and thinks it might have something to do with a former girlfriend.

William added: “A few days previously I found him crying in his room and I asked if he was OK.

“I wanted him to go out more with his friends because he was keeping himself in too often.

“I wanted him to go out and meet everyone who was asking for him. I just hope we find him in time.”

Simon is described as being 6ft 3ins with sandy or blond hair and blue eyes.

When last seen he was wearing a camouflage jacket, black fleece top and jeans.

Anyone with information should contact Bray Garda Station on 01 6665300 or any Garda station.


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