August 6, 2004 10:18


Sean Kennedy has not been seen since one of the band’s gigs…

The parents of a missing backpacker have appealed for help finding their son after he went missing after seeing an ASH gig in SYDNEY.

Donal and Denise Kennedy have flown from Northampton to Australia to ask for help in tracing their son, Sean.

The student went missing after an Ash gig at the city’s Metro Theatre (July 29).

Mrs Kennedy said: "Sean is the kind of son any parent would be proud of. He’s considerate and very funny – he has a great sense of humour.

"He’s a gentle giant who wouldn’t want to hurt anyone, he’s such a likable person. We both spoke with him on the Saturday before his disappearance. He was in great form. He’s been really loving his time in Sydney and had settled into his life in the city. He also told us he was really looking forward to seeing this Irish band, Ash, play on Thursday night."

Detective Inspector Dave Egan-Lee, who is involved with the case, said: "It is out-of-character for Sean to disappear and cease all contact with his family. We have made a number of inquiries, including checks of financial records, and his bank accounts have not been touched since his disappearance.

"Last night we also carried out an extensive canvass near the nightclub where Sean was last seen. During this canvass we showed photographs of Sean to prompt the memories of people who may have information about him.

"As a result of the canvass we are following up an unconfirmed sighting of Sean at a neighbouring nightclub on Thursday night last week."

The band’s management have also commented. Writing on the group’s official website, their manager said: "Both the band and I are deeply shocked by the news that he disappeared from our concert at The Metro in Sydney. We'd like to encourage any of our fans from the Metro show who saw or heard anything regarding Sean's disappearance, to contact the police immediately. Our thoughts are with Sean's family and friends."

At the time of his disappearance, Sean was wearing a distinctive grey T-shirt with ‘blue angel’ written on the back. He has been described as being 175cm tall, with a slim build, light brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, the grey t-shirt and brown trainers.

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