Appeal to find Irish fan who disappeared in Paris

Undated handout photo issued by the Football Association of Ireland of Lee McLaughlin who is missing in Paris, as the Irish fan who is in France for the Euro 2016 tournament, did not turn up for his flight home
Undated handout photo issued by the Football Association of Ireland of Lee McLaughlin who is missing in Paris, as the Irish fan who is in France for the Euro 2016 tournament, did not turn up for his flight home

An Irish fan in France for the Euro 2016 tournament who did not turn up for his flight home is missing in Paris.

Lee McLaughlin, 19, from Inishowen, County Donegal, arrived in the French capital on Sunday with his father and another family member, and was due to fly back to Ireland on Tuesday.

They went to Ireland’s opening match against Sweden at the Stade de France on Monday evening before they returned to their hotel in Montmartre a number of hours later.

At some time before midday on Tuesday, Mr McLaughlin is believed to have left the hotel on his own, and he has not been seen since.

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has appealed to all Republic of Ireland supporters in Paris to assist in the search for him.

FAI CEO John Delaney has been in touch with the McLaughlin family and the FAI has communicated with the Confederation of Republic of Ireland Supporters Clubs.

Family member Rosemarie Fedder wrote on Facebook: “This is our brother Lee, he has been missing in Paris since this morning.

“He was last seen leaving Ibis Paris Montmartre at 12pm. (6/14) He was not answering his phone and it is now off.

“This is very out of character for Lee. His flight home has already departed and he has not shown up to the airport.

“We are all very worried. Please please share my post and if anyone has seen him please contact any of his family ASAP.”

The Department for Foreign Affairs said it is providing consular assistance to the family in Paris, while Garda Superintendent Gerry Delmar, who is in France, said the force is dealing with the family trying to locate him.

Anyone with any information can contact the FAI’s Rep of Ireland Ambassador Number at +353 83 816 4158 or email helpfindlee@fai.ie.

The Irish Embassy in Paris can be contacted on +33 1441 76780.