THE father of a Limerick man who has been missing - and is presumed dead - for 13 years has renewed an appeal for information at to his whereabouts so his family “can give him a Christian burial”.
Aengus “Gussie” Shanahan, the youngest of four children of Bob and Nancy, disappeared without a trace 13 years ago this week.
The former Dell employee, who came from a respectable business family, was last seen leaving Coopers (now Eric’s) bar on Joseph Street at around 10.30pm on February 11, 2000. He was only 20 years old at the time of his disappearance.
Bob Shanahan said the family had long since given up hope that their son would be found alive and now all they wanted to know was where his remains could be found.
“We hope that somebody would just come forward and tell us where the body is. Between the gardai and the rest of us, we think he was probably murdered, that’s what all the indications are. So at this stage we are not looking for gestures or for prosecutions so much as some closure. At this stage of our lives all we are really looking for is a body so we can give him a Christian burial,” Mr Shanahan said.
The Gussie Shanahan case is one of over 200 cases being examined by the Garda cold case unit, the Serious Crime Review Team. They can be contacted at 01 666 3444, while gardai at Roxboro, who are still investigating Gussie’s disappearance, can be reached at 061 214 340.
But Bob Shanahan said he understood that some people who may have knowledge of what happened to his son might be reluctant to contact the gardai.
But they could instead hand in the information at a church or a media organisation, Mr Shanahan said. There was also a phoneline (085 2092119) operated by the Searching for the Missing group on which Mr Shanahan said information could be left in confidence.
“If people don’t want to contact the gardai, they can ring that number instead. We hope that if we continue (the appeal for information), it might spark something in somebody’s conscience 13 years on. They might have moved on in life, they might even have kids of their own and they might consider how they might feel if one of their own children were ever to go missing,” Mr Shanahan said.