By Patrick Markey
Police in upstate New York are frantically searching for an Irish immigrant who disappeared two weeks ago from the remote summer camp where he was working.
As New York state police used frogmen teams and dogs to scour the lakes and countryside for Liam Sean Sheehy, his family in Artane, North Dublin, waited for news of the missing man.
New York State police said the 23-year-old Sheehy had been in a work program at the Whispering Woods Campground in Long Lake, a remote area about 300 miles from New York City, when he was reported missing.
On July 12, Sheehy reported to the doctor’s office with a minor skin infection, but he didn’t turn up for work on July 14 when he returned to the camp, said New State Trooper Lt. Robert LaFountain. He was last seen at about 3:30 p.m. walking through the grounds of the campsite.
"One of the feelings we got is that he was not happy working at that campsite," LaFountain said.
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But Sheehy’s passport and return ticket to Ireland were left at the campsite, the trooper said. The Dubliner had disappeared once before, eventually turning up at Boston’s Logan Airport.
Late last week, police divers began to scour the large lake near the 10-acre campground while sniffer dogs hunted for clues through the undergrowth.
"We’re checking all leads, but we have not come up with anything concrete yet," LaFountain said.
A 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.