HUSBAND PRAISES VOLUNTEERS IN SEARCH FOR HIS MISSING LISA MCGOWAN

Missing Co Tyrone woman Lisa McGowan

Missing Co Tyrone woman Lisa McGowan

THE husband of a missing woman has thanked the public who helped out carry extensive searches for her on Saturday.

Lisa McGowan has not been seen since Monday, July 8 at home in Drumquin, Co Tyrone.

Husband Paddy last seen her at 10.30 pm that night before he headed to Dublin the next morning for work.

Lisa McGowan was last seen by her husband Patrick at their home on Monday, July 8 at 10.30 pm in the Drumquin area of Co Tyrone.

But the PSNI say there may have been another sighting of Mrs McGowan on Claremore Road, which lies between Drumquin and Castledderg, on Tuesday at around 8.30pm.

Following Saturday’s search, Paddy said: “We would like to thank all those very kind people who volunteered their time and energy yesterday to search for Lisa.

“There was nearly 200 people involved for Lisa, around 180 searching and transporting and twenty involved in gathering collecting and preparing food.

“We would like to thank the business’s who sponsored the signs, maps, food, radios, water,posters the air support from a local with his air craft.

“We searched very hard yesterday in extremely hot conditions. The terrain searched was at times very difficult, but unfortunately we did not have any luck in finding Lisa.

“I watched people going out on the search and watched them come back in tired and aching with tired legs, they worked so hard.

“The Police and the mountain rescue were also working hard at their search.

“The community search and rescue teams were also working away till very late last night.

“I am sorry I did not update the Facebook page last night but to be honest I just could not bring myself to do it.

“I had banked so much on yesterday being the day that we would find my beautiful best friend and soul mate, as had so many other people who arrived here yesterday.

“All our hearts are heavy and hurting. I am really missing her and am in so much pain. I will try and keep you all up to date on the progress of the search for Lisa.

“Once again I thank you all for the very kind help and support you have given to the family and friends. The locals and neighbours what can I say once again when needed you were there and thanks.

Mr McGowan said that he first became worried on Tuesday when he could not contact her, adding that the pair normally chat several times a day.

“Because of the beautiful day, I thought she was out with the dogs,” he said.

He asked neighbours to check the house, but his partner of 18 years was nowhere to be found.

“This is totally out of character,” he said.

Mr McGowan said that worried friends and family are in the process of putting up missing person posters in counties Tyrone, Fermanagh, Derry, Donegal and Sligo.

“We’re asking people along the way if they’ve seen Lisa,” he added. “We’ve exhausted the local area.”

The PSNI, Mountain Rescue and Community Search and Rescue are also searching for Mrs McGowan. Police are requesting that farmers and the local community check any outbuildings or sheds for any trace of the missing woman.

Mrs McGowan, who has two grown-up stepsons, is described as 6ft tall, slim to medium build, auburn short hair and wears glasses, which are red and silver.

She may have been wearing a light green hoody-type top.

Anyone who knows of her whereabouts is asked to contact her family through Facebook or police on 0845 600 8000.

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