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Missing person Danish police search for missing Meath man who didn't return home after night out

They are looking to speak to a cyclist in connection with the disappearance


Peter Burns

Peter Burns

Peter Burns

Police in Denmark are searching for an Irishman who has been missing since December 5th.

Peter Burns (29) vanished after he was socialising with colleagues on Saturday night and has not been seen since.

The Dunboyne, Co Meath native left a bar between midnight and 1 am to walk home to his apartment where he lived with his sister, however did not return and he was reported as missing by Sunday evening.

Police have said that his phone pinged on a telephone mast on Sunday morning at 3am in the Aarhus area where he lived.

East Jutland Police issued a statement online appealing for any information about the missing man. Authorities have also requested that businesses at Strøget and surrounding areas check their CCTV footage from the night in question.

After reviewing some CCTV footage, Police identified a cyclist that they wish to speak to in relation to Peter’s disappearance.

“Close to him, a younger man is cycling, who repeatedly looks for Peter - possibly because he is worried that he is walking somewhat unsafely close to the harbour quay,” Deputy Police Inspector Martin Frank Rasmussen said in a statement.

"We would very much like to be in contact with the cyclist, as his explanation may provide us with valuable information and help us narrow down the search area.”

“The cyclist is wearing a jacket with a hood and bicycles (sic) on a woman's bicycle in the direction of the intersection at Bernhardt Jensen's Boulevard. “

“The East Jutland Police have in recent days searched intensively for the 29-year-old man, and the search will continue in the coming days."

"On Wednesday, the police lead, among other things, with search dogs in the Port of Aarhus, where there is also assistance from the Navy's diving service and the research ship Aurora from Aarhus University.”

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A Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson told RTÉ News: "The Department of Foreign Affairs is aware of the case and providing consular assistance."

Former colleague, Ian Daly, who worked with Peter at Dunboyne Castle and Sidewalk Catering, described him as a chef who is "dedicated to his profession".

"For Peter not to have turned up for work, that is the most worrying part. That is so out of character for him,” he said, explaining that he had moved to Denmark two months ago and had just begun working at a French bistro.

Peter is approximately 1.8m (5”9) with short brown-reddish hair and a short brown-reddish beard.

When last seen he was wearing a black winter jacket, dark jeans and was carrying a black backpack.

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