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Heartbroken Derry mum's plea to find son who disappeared

Lisa Quinn, the sister of missing man Aidan Baldrick
Lisa Quinn, the sister of missing man Aidan Baldrick
Aidan Baldrick
Leona O'Neill

By Leona O'Neill

The mum of a Londonderry man missing since last week has issued an emotional plea for the public to help find him.

Mother-of-five Mary Donnelly has been left distraught after her 33-year-old son Aidan Baldrick failed to return to their Strathfoyle home last Friday.

He had been left heartbroken after the death of his grandfather three weeks ago.

"We don't know what triggered this all off," she said.

"My father, Aidan's grandfather, died three weeks ago. Aidan and his grandad were very close. Aidan is a quiet fella.

"He left our house on Friday afternoon to go to his sister's house. He said after that he was going to valet a car.

"He was supposed to help his friend move house and was a no-show which set the alarm bells ringing."

Mary said the family know he got a taxi from Clarendon Street in the city centre at around 5pm to Letterkenny in Donegal - but is unsure why.

She added: "He doesn't know anyone in Letterkenny or have any connection there. We know he booked into McGettigan's Hotel that night and checked out on Saturday morning.

"That is the last time anyone saw him. He has completely gone off the radar. We have been searching for him ever since.

"We have searched every shop, pub, club, hotel in the area and have flooded Letterkenny with posters with Aidan's face and details on them.

"No one seems to have seen him. And by this stage there is no way that he has money. He had nothing with him and he has bad arthritis in his toes and feet, so he will be in pain. He can't walk far.

"Where is he? Did he try to make his way home walking? We just don't know. We are following up every tip, good or bad. We even went to Bundoran.

"There was a sighting of a Derry man checking into a hotel, but it wasn't him."

Mary has put out a direct appeal to her son, telling him that if he is reading this she wants him to know how much he is loved.

She said: "Aidan if you are listening, please come home to us.

"I need you home. We all love you so much. It doesn't matter if you feel scared or you think you've embarrassed us all. I don't care. Your family don't care.

"We want you home more than anything else on earth. And even if you don't want to come home just let me know that you are OK, I will be happy then. Just a text 'I'm OK Mum' and I would be over the moon to know that you are safe."

The PSNI has appealed for anyone who knows of Aidan's whereabouts or has seen him to contact them.

"Aidan was last seen on Clarendon Street, Derry/Londonderry on Friday, May 10 at 5pm," police said.

"He is described as approximately 5ft 8in, of medium build. He is believed to have been wearing blue jeans, dark navy jacket and brown loafers.

"If anyone knows of Aidan's whereabouts contact police on 101 quoting reference 800 of 12/05/19."

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