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Euro 2016 missing Irish fan Lee McLaughlin found safe and well

Police used high-tech 'ping' mobile tracing technology to trace missing Donegal man

Published 15/06/2016

Lee McLaughlin
Lee McLaughlin

The missing Irish fan Lee McLaughlin has been found safe and well in Paris.

Donegal man Lee McLaughlin vanished from the Ibis hotel in Montmartre on Tuesday.

The family raised the alarm yesterday evening and a major appeal was issued online.

He was seen leaving the hotel on CCTV at around noon however failed to return.

On Wednesday morning, the Irish Embassy in Paris confirmed he had been found.


Mr McLaughlin is now being reunited with his worried family who had flown from Donegal and London to assist with the search for him in Paris.

It is understood that telephone contact was made with the young man early this morning.

Following a series of texts, his location was determined in Paris city centre and he was found safe.

It is understood that French police used high-tech 'ping' mobile phone tracing technology to determine the whereabouts of the young man.

The embassy in Paris has had reports of several missing persons over the weekend but all cases were resolved within a short space of time.

Lee was attending the Euro tournament with his father and nephew.

His mobile phone was ringing out, however now is going to voicemail, suggesting the battery has died.

The FAI had appealed to all fans to assist in locating Lee.

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