01 Jul 2022

Pat Heeran left his home with the intention of returning

Victim's last movements recounted as search continues for his remains in the locality

Pat Heeran left his home with the intention of returning

Pat Heeran's home as he left it. Photo taken by Gardai on October 12, 2011.

As searches continue for the remains of Pat Heeran in Aughavas this week, we recount the bachelor's last known movements on October 3, 2011.

Gardai believe Patrick Heeran left his home at 4 Cois Easa, Aughavas on October 3, 2011 with the intention of returning to it shortly afterwards.

On that day he was captured on CCTV at Baxter's supermarket, Mohill at 4.21pm.
However, it is understood he made his way back home to Cois Easa, Aughavas as his phone signal placed him around the area of his house at 5.46pm on the same day.

Pat Heeran's home at 4 Cois Easa, Aughavas
Inspector Ray Mulderrig told the Leitrim Observer they know the number which was in communication with Pat Heeran's phone and the call made contact with the closest mast to the area.
Gardai believe Patrick Heeran left his home in circumstances “which suggest that he did not plan on leaving for an extended period.”

The TV and lights were left on in the house, an open can of cider and cigarettes were left on the table.
Gardai disclosed that he did lock the door when leaving and there was no sign of a disturbance in the house, which points that he left of his own accord.
Described as being five foot nine inches tall and of stocky build with fair hair, he was last seen wearing brown shoes, blue jeans and a brown jacket.

Gardai stated Mr Heeran, who was 48 years old in 2011, had no prior history of going missing.
Mr Heeran had lived in Australia from 1983 to 1995 and in the Netherlands prior to 2002. He had been resident at Cois Easa since 2004.

Gardai also said Mr Heeran had no recorded history of mental illness, but he was taking prescribed medication.
He has not made contact with any member of his family since his disappearance.

Any information on Pat Heeran should be made available to Gardai at 087 98062 of the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111.

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