Missing tycoon found on rural road

Published Friday, 01 February 2013
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An Irish property developer, who was missing for eight months, has been found disorientated and emaciated along a rural roadside in the Republic.

Missing tycoon found on rural road
Kevin McGeever pictured at a New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner in Castlebar in 2004 (© Michael Donnelly)

Kevin McGeever, 68, turned up near Ballinamore in Co Leitrim on Tuesday night.

It is understood a couple who were driving in the area spotted him and picked him up.

Mr McGeever, who had been involved in a property development company dealing with luxury homes in Dubai, said he was abducted in Craughwell, Co Galway, on 27 May last year.

He told gardaí he had been kidnapped at gunpoint and held hostage for the past eight months and had no idea where he was.

The businessman's attackers had scrawled the word 'thief' into his forehead.

A spokesman for Irish police confirmed they are investigating an alleged abduction in Co Galway last June and gardaí in Ballinamore are also probing the discovery of a man on a road earlier this week.

Gardaí said there was no question that he had been held for months but said there was no evidence to back up suggestions a Russian gang may have been involved.

When taken to Ballinamore garda station, Mr McGeever had tea and biscuits and then a curry chip. He said a ransom had been requested but did not know if it had paid.

Mr McGeever, who has lost several stone in weight, is now recovering at Mullingar hospital.

A resident in the businessman's home village said: "It's just the most bizarre thing ever. The mystery thickens."

© UTV News
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3 Comments
bigmac in belfast wrote (437 days ago):
What i dont understand Liam is that there was never a major search for him,very strange indeed.
liam doyle in belfast wrote (438 days ago):
i think there's more then meets the eye here
Carryduff in Carryduff wrote (438 days ago):
This is horrendous, this poor man is probably so malnourished and disorientated.....What kind of world are we living in? Its a disgrace, god only knows what he has been through!! Get well soon. Thinking and praying for you x
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