‘Daddy, please come home’

Samuel Campbell's brother David and daughter Samantha join Det Insp Bob Blemmings to appeal for information about the Kells man, three months after his disappearance.

Samuel Campbell's brother David and daughter Samantha join Det Insp Bob Blemmings to appeal for information about the Kells man, three months after his disappearance.

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THE daughter of a man who was reported missing three months ago this week appealed at a press conference: “Daddy, if you are listening to this, please come home.”

Police are still investigating the disappearance of Samantha Campbell’s father Samuel, 49, whose cycle was discovered by the seafront, near Glenarm, on Tuesday, January 3.

The keen cyclist was last seen riding he bike near his home on the Tully Road in Moorfields at 2.15pm on Sunday, January 1. He was wearing a red top with the letters TCG on it and long, black leggings. He is around six foot tall, of a slim build with short, dark hair.

Renewing an appeal for information, Det Insp Bob Blemmings said: “The past three months have been a very difficult time for Samuel’s family and friends.”

He urged anyone with any information – no matter how insignificant – to come forward and help police with their inquiries. “We would also appeal for anyone who was cycling in the area and wearing similar clothing to Mr Campbell around the time of his disappearance to contact us, so they can be eliminated from our inquiry,” said the investigating officer.

He added: “Over the course of the last three months we have been working with our colleagues in the Coastguard and RLNI, Police Air Support and Sky Watch Civil Air Patrol in searching the coastline. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the agencies involved and we are very grateful to the local community for their assistance and their response so far during the investigation.

“I would ask that any members of the public who may have seen Samuel or who may have any information that could assist us with their inquiries, to contact police on 0845 600 8000.”

Samantha Campbell revealed her family has been distraught since Samuel’s disappearance. She said: “It’s been three months since Daddy went missing. Words cannot describe how we as a family are feeling. Daddy is a huge part of all our lives.

“With this appeal we are trying to keep up the awareness that he is still missing and appealing that if anyone has any information, no matter how small they think it is, please contact the police. And Daddy, if you are listening to this, please come home. You know how much you mean to all of us and we miss you so much.”

Her uncle David – Samuel’s brother – said: “We know that Sam left home on New Year’s Day at approximately 2pm. He was seen on the Tully Road by his wife Laverne and mother-in-law Maeve.

“We also received CCTV footage from the Half Way House near Broughshane, showing Sam cycling past at approximately 2.50pm. We would appeal to anyone who saw Sam between the Half Way House and Glenarm to contact the PSNI with any information they have. We would ask if anyone thinks they have seen Sam to make contact with the PSNI.”

Mr Campbell also addressed remarks to his brother, saying: “Sam, if you are watching this appeal, please make contact with us and whatever is wrong, we can sort it out.”