By Patrick Markey
Police hunting for the Irishman who disappeared from the upstate New York campsite where he worked have contacted Interpol and the Garda to widen their search.
New York State troopers looking for Dublin man Liam Sheehy last week scoured the lakes around the Long Lake area — about 300 miles from New York City — and through the undergrowth of the remote region.
Police believe Sheehy left of his own will and they do not suspect foul play. Sheehy took money with him, but left behind a passport and his airplane ticket back to Ireland.
"He may have contacted someone in Dublin and told them to keep quiet because he doesn’t want to be found," said New York State trooper Capt. Peter Person.
Cops have handed out more than 900 posters bearing Sheehy’s face. Working with Garda and the international police agency Interpol, New York police hope to canvass the missing man’s friends and family in Europe looking for more clues.
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On July 12, Sheehy reported to the doctor’s office, but he didn’t turn up for work on July 14 when he returned to the camp, police said. He was last seen at about 3:30 p.m. walking through the grounds of the camp.
Police believe one contributing factor may have been that Sheehy was not happy working at the Whispering Woods Campground. But the Irishman had disappeared once before, eventually turning up at Boston’s Logan Airport.
The police leaflet posted out last week describes the Irishman as just more than 6 feet tall, weighing about 200 pounds with reddish brown hair and a scruffy reddish brown beard.