Missing school boy located after massive search in Kildare and elsewhere

Gardai thank people of Rathcoole

Conor McHugh

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Conor McHugh

Missing school boy located after massive search in Kildare and elsewhere

Liam Goodwin has been located safe and sound

Gardai have issued a sincere thanks to all those who helped with the search for missing Rathcoole schoolboy Liam Goodwin.

The 12 year old was reported missing since approximately 3pm yesterday, Monday, April  29 after he failed to return to his home in Rathcoole.

A massive Garda and social media search was initiated but he was located safe and well late last night and has been reunited with his family.

"An Garda Síochána and Liam’s family would like to thank each and every person who shared the post on social media, including numerous accounts from Kildare based people and clubs, the Civil Defence and all the members of the public who assisted us in searching for Liam,"  Gardai said in a statement issued soon after midnight.

Chief Superintendent Finbarr Murphy speaking this morning said: "I would like to sincerely thank everyone in Rathcoole and the surrounding community for their wonderful response to our call for assistance this evening in finding Liam. The people of Rathcoole can be extremely proud of their community and their response this evening.

"I also want to thank everyone throughout the country who shared the information on the various social media platforms. Tonight showed how powerful social media can be when used in the right way.

"I also want to thank Sergeant Mark Gallagher and Inspector Ronan Barry for co-ordinating the community effort and the support units such as Air Support, Roads Policing and our control centre. Liam is home and safe with his family, thanks to all your work. Well done and thank you."