Two dogs specially trained in sniffing out blood and bodies have been shipped in from the UK to aid the search for missing Adrian Lynch.
It’s almost two weeks since the 20-year-old disappeared in the area around the north of St Lawrence, and police say that they have all but given up hope of finding him alive.
This morning, police said that they think hypothermia and disorientation led Adrian to curl up somewhere to take shelter.
In a statement, they said: “Officers believe he got out of the taxi, became disoriented, perhaps suffered hypothermia and has got himself into situation he then couldn’t get out of. It’s likely Adrian has curled up in a ball somewhere, perhaps with his suit jacket over his head and search teams as yet have been unable to find him.”
The Victim Recovery Dogs will be working along with their handlers in St Lawrence and the surrounding parishes over the next couple of days.
The dogs can sniff out microscopic amounts of blood – they indicate to their handlers that they have detected something by either lying down, or barking.
Yesterday, police said that they are continuing their search and plan to make a decision early next week on how to continue the operation – but emphasised that no decision had been taken to scale down or abandon the search.
Last week, police revealed CCTV footage of a man they believe is Adrian Lynch captured just after the last reported sighting of him.
The footage from a commercial property on La Grande Route de St Laurent shows a man walking up the road in the early hours of last Saturday morning.
The person can be seen walking in a northerly direction at 2.09 am and again walking back down the road at 2.17 am.
The last known sighting of Adrian was very close by on the same road at around 2 am and officers believe it's highly likely the person captured in the footage is him.
The police have had reports of 15 sightings of Adrian in the two hours after he was dropped off by taxi at a junction near to Carrefour Selous. Some are positive sightings while some remain inconclusive.
Adrian went missing in the early hours of Saturday 5 December after attending his Christmas do at the Merton Hotel. A taxi later dropped him off in the area of Carrefour Selous around midnight.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the police on 612612.
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