Missing man turns up safe

Francis Coleman
Francis Coleman

The father of Francis Coleman who was missing in the Craigavon area for three days says the family have been overwhelmed by the huge support from the local community.

Francis Coleman said his son, also known as Fra, was responding well to treatment at Craigavon hospital after being found on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old went missing from Deans Grange at around 7.10pm on Sunday and a massive search began to find him.

Initially family and friends went looking for Fra and then police began to search for him. On Monday a search and rescue team became involved.

Police issued an appeal for residents in the area to search outbuildings and sheds for the missing 24-year-old.

However. as the search stretched into its third day, police found the young man behind Rushmere Shopping Centre and took him to hospital.

His father said: “He was not feeling very well and was unable to contact anyone.”

Mr Coleman was full of praise for the squads of people who went out looking for his son over the three days and in all weathers.

“Everyone has been absolutely fantastic. I couldn’t thank them all enough,” said Mr Coleman.

He spoke particularly highly of the police woman who headed the PSNI search team. “She really went out of her way and beyond the call of duty,” he said.

Fra’s sister Julianne works at Drumgor Detached Youth Work Project and they organisation sprung into action organising friends and family members to search across Craigavon for the 24-year-old.

Scores of young people, family and friends scoured wasteland and trekked across fields searching for him.

A search and rescue crew based themselves at Drumgor Detached Youth Work Project at Moyraverty Community Centre and helped with the search.

“They were all brilliant,” said Fra’s father. “Thank God he was found safe and well. He is in hospital but he is responding to treatment.”

He applauded his friends and everyone who went out searching for young Fra. “You couldn’t ask for any better They searched every nook and cranny. Everyone went out of their way to help. I can’t thank them all enough.”