IT’S understood that a Scariff man who went missing in London last week is alive, but efforts are still being made to get in touch with him.
Brief contact was made with him by phone late on Tuesday night, but police and relatives are still continuing the search.
John Dowdall was last seen at 5pm on Thursday of last week at the Crown Moran Hotel in Cricklewood, London.
He had been a guest at the hotel since July 31 but failed to return on Thursday, leaving all his belongings and valuables behind.
John is 5ft 7ins tall and of large stocky build. He has diabetes but left his medication for it at the hotel.
On Sunday, a relative was told by a police source that John had been found and was in good health but this proved to be a mistake on the police’s side. However, following Tuesday night’s contact, it is understood that he is okay.
It is understood that travelling to London would be quite out of character for John, who largely kept to himself.
London police would urge anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Colindale Missing Persons Unit on London number 0208 733 4420, 101 or Missing People on 116000 quoting Merlin 14MIS028286.