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Search on for missing Midleton man in California

Thursday, 3rd August, 2017 9:07am

A Midleton man has been declared missing in California.

David O’Sullivan, aged 25, travelled to the US west coast in March with plans for a five month solo hiking trip from the Mexican border in Campo, California to Canada.

Mr O’Sullivan has not been seen since early April. He had no data plan and was reliant on local wi-fi hotspots to contact his family. He planned to avoid deep snow and ice, due to a lack of experience in alpine conditions and may have gone off-trail to avoid the weather, Detective Sean Lawlor of the Murietta Police Department told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.

His family last heard from him in an email he sent on 7 April whilst in Idyllwild, California. Mr O’Sullivan was scheduled to meet up with a friend in Santa Barbara sometime in early May and never showed.

He has been reported as a missing person with the Irish police, the American and Irish embassies, Interpol, police departments and search and rescue departments throughout California.

Mr O’Sullivan’s family reported on Facebook that the search and rescue teams are actively searching and that there have been several misleads in trying to find him. 

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is aware of the case and is providing consular assistance. Anyone with information has been asked to contact the Murietta Police Department on 001 951-6963615. 

Additionally, a Facebook page has been set up under the name Missing Person – David O’Sullivan.

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