SEARCHES are continuing for 67-year-old Frankie Devlin who was last seen outside Garryvoe Hotel on Saturday night, with her family describing the days since she disappeared as a ‘soul destroying’.
The Coastguard and Gardaí, along with volunteers and the Cork City Missing Persons Search and Rescue, have been combing the area including the Garryvoe Bay over the past few days.
“Every scenario is going through our heads every five minutes,” Frankie’s son, Killian, told Neil Prendeville on Cork’s RedFM.
He added that he and his two older sisters are in living hell.
Killian, who lives in Dublin, had come down to Midleton to see his mother over the weekend and to get a few jobs done around the house, getting the place ready for winter.
Killian said he wasn’t initially concerned when his mother wasn’t around.
“I came down from Dublin and she wasn’t at home and I thought she might be gone to a car boot sale or something,” he said.
“Then in the afternoon, I thought she might have gone to the match in Pairc Ui Rinn, ‘cos she goes to quite a few matches.
“Around that time I got a call from my sister asking me if I heard from my mother.
“I said no, her phone was turned off, but I didn’t think it was as serious as it turned out to be.”
Killian said that the Coastguard, the Gardaí and the Cork City Missing Person Search and Rescue have been out looking for Frankie since it was realised that she was missing but nothing had yet been found.
“There hasn’t been a shoe a bag an earring, nothing found,” Killian said.
“It is just like she vanished off the face of the earth.”
Frankie was last see outside the Garryvoe Hotel at around 10.45pm wearing a black dress and a red and black jacket.
She had been attending a school reunion and had gotten a lift to the party with a friend.
Killian said his mother was terrified of water and would not have gone near the sea.
“My mam was afraid of water, she nearly drowned as a child,” he explained.
“So she would never have gone near the water.
"We don’t know what has happened, it is soul-destroying.”
Killian praised the emergency services and described them as being incredible.
“The Coastguard has been absolutely fantastic, out in kayaks in Garryvoe bay.
“The Rescue Helicopter 117 is searching the area as we speak, they can’t launch the rib because the weather is too bad and last night they asked for volunteers for a search team to walk along the beaches, looking for a shoe, a bag and earring, something like that.”
Killian appealed to anyone who may have information to come forward and contact the Gardaí.
“She has to be somewhere. She didn’t vanish off the face of the earth.”
Frankie is described as being 5’8, of slim build, with blonde hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black dress, black top with a red and black jacket.
Anyone who has any information is asked to contact Midleton Garda Station on 021 462 1550 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.