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Irishman issues emotional appeal to find brother missing for over 30 years

David Kelly has been missing since 1984. Picture: Herts Police
David Kelly has been missing since 1984. Picture: Herts Police

THE brother of an Irishman who is missing for over 30 years is re-launching an appeal in an attempt to track him down.

David Kelly disappeared without a trace from the Hertfordshire town of Stevenage in September 1984 and has made no contact with his family since.

The Drogheda, Co. Louth native had been living in Kimbolton Crescent in the south of the town before he went missing.

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His brother John issued an emotional appeal via Herts Police to reach out to him.

“David if you see this appeal I want you to know that your brothers and sisters miss you very much and have never stopped thinking about you. It would be lovely to know you are alive, well and happy,” he said.

Mr Kelly, who would be 59 now if he is still alive, was working as a carpenter in the London, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire areas before he vanished.

Described at the time of his disappearance as being white, 5ft 7ins tall, of thin build and clean shaven, he spoke with a Louth accent.

“Since David’s disappearance he has had no contact with any of his family and his whereabouts remain unknown,” PC Stuart Barnett from the Missing Person’s Unit said.

“Sadly previous appeals have not brought any information and whilst it has been decades since his disappearance I would urge anyone who may have known David who hasn’t already contacted police, to please call us with any information.

“I would also ask David to make contact if he sees this appeal.”

Mr Kelly had links to Bedford, Tottenham and Hornsey in London as well as his native Drogheda.

Anyone who thinks they may be aware of his whereabouts is asked to contact PC Barnett via the Herts Police non-emergency number 101 or email


James Mulhall

James Mulhall is a reporter with The Irish Post. Follow him on Twitter @JamzMulhall

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