Searches continue for missing Army private

BY CAROLINE WHELAN

Private Ben Garrett.

Private Ben Garrett.

Daily searches have continuing following the disapearance of Private Ben Garrett in the Galway last week. Private Garrett, who is originally from Castlebar, has now been missing for nine days. He was last seen leaving Carbon nightclub on Eglinton Street in in the early hours of last Thursday morning. At the time of going to print the searches were continuing.

The Army member, who is based at Renmore Barracks, is described as being 6ft in height, of athletic build with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing dark coloured jeans and a light blue Hollister jumper. There has been a sustained campaign on social media to share the image of the missing man, but unfortunately the awareness about the case has not, as yet, helped to yield a result.

Hundreds of volunteers have been attending a daily search that is being co-ordinated from Liam Mellows GAA Club every morning. The Gardai are leading the search with assistance from the Defence Forces, and the Oranmore Maree Coastal Search Unit.

Speaking to the Advertiser, Captain Damien Kelleher, who is the Garrett family's liaison officer, said the family were in complete shock following the disapearance of Ben. "They are coping well enough considering everything that has happened. They want to thank the public for their unbelievable support, and are asking that their privacy be respected at this time."

Captain Kelleher urged anyone who wished to join the search, which begins at 10am each day, to bring suitable clothing, footwear, and high viz vests. "Weather conditions have been adverse enough at times so it is essential to wear suitable attire. I have to say the public have been amazing with more than 100 volunteers turning up every day. About 100 members of the Defence Forces have also been taking part in the search daily since Saturday."

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to contact Mill Street Garda Station on 091 538 000

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