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I want her back: husband's tears for missing Lisa McGowan

BY CLAIRE GRAHAM

The husband of a missing woman has told of his heartbreak in the search for his wife.

Lisa McGowan (44) was last seen at her home in Drumquin in Tyrone over a week ago.

Across Tyrone, Fermanagh and Donegal, communities have gathered together to hunt for the missing mum.

Husband Paddy appealed for everyone on the island to look out for and pray for his wife.

Through tears he said she couldn't be missed if you saw her.

"She really is a strikingly beautiful woman, at 6ft tall, you won't be able to miss her."

A reported sighting in Castlederg early last week turned out to be false.

She is described as having a slim to medium build, short auburn hair and wearing red and silver glasses. "Please, please please, if you know anything, go to the police.

"I just want her back with me, I want her home."

He said the "spirit of generosity" from friends and neighbours had been overwhelming.

"People are here day and night and the support has been beyond anything I ever expected."

He said this has been the worst time of his life as he woke up every day not knowing where she was.

Mr McGowan said she took nothing with her when she left home last week and that someone out there "must know something".

"She has nothing but the clothes on her back. No purse, no handbag – they were all left behind."

A relative of the family explained her two step-sons are based in Belfast so that could be a destination Lisa may have travelled to.

Paddy said: "In all honestly, she could be anywhere on this island. She could hop on a bus, or be taken to anywhere at all.

"Knowing where she is – that she's safe, that's when I'll find peace," he said.

STORY SO FAR

Mr McGowan last saw her before heading to Dublin, where he works as a university lecturer. Lisa was last seen at her home address in the Drumquin area on Monday July 8 at 10.30pm. Police believe she went missing from her home after 1.30pm the next day. The PSNI, Mountain Rescue and Community Search and Rescue have joined the search.

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