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We just want him home, say family of missing Stephen McCloskey

By Donna Deeney

The partner and three children of a man missing for more than a week have pleaded with him to "come home" and are hoping he will turn up safe and well.

Stephen McCloskey (33) left his sister's home in Ard Grange in Londonderry on Tuesday, October 28, and when he failed to return in time to celebrate Halloween with his three children alarm bells rang.

His family grew increasingly anxious when his Nissan Terrano 4x4 was found abandoned in Burt across the Donegal border.

It is a place that holds no association with Stephen and volunteers from Foyle Search and Rescue joined family and friends again yesterday to comb the fields around the area.

Stephen's partner Sinead is expecting the couple's fourth child and she appealed to him to return to his family home where his two sons and daughter are waiting for him.

She has now been taken to hospital as she was feeling unwell through stress and was kept in for observation overnight.

Speaking earlier she said: "I need him, the children need him, we just want him home; we all miss him. If he could only see how many people are out searching for him and how we are all in bits."

While Mr McCloskey's car was found shortly after the family raised the alarm, they are mystified as to why he would have travelled to Burt. His sister Lisa McCloskey said: "It is like Stephen has vanished off the face of the earth and we are at a total loss as to where he is or why he would have gone to Burt in the first place. This is completely out of character for Stephen.

"He is a devoted father to his children and we knew that when he wasn't back in time to spend Halloween with the children that something was very badly wrong."

"Every day we search and search for him. This has taken over our lives and our parents are at their wits' end.

"Stephen is a brilliant brother, he is a wonderful father and we just want him home.

"We know it is now going into the second week since he last was seen but we are still clinging to the hope that he will be found. We are not ready to give up hope because that would be just too unbearable."

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