Can you help find Brendan
10:09am 26th April 2012
The family of a missing Birkenhead man have re-issued an emotional appeal for his whereabouts on his 42nd birthday.
Brendan Taaffe was last seen at his sister's home in Larch Road, Birkenhead on January 25, 2010.
Police and his family are becoming increasingly concerned about his whereabouts, in particular his mum Ina and his three children Louis, Beth and Ellie.
His family has issued a plea for Brendan to get in touch as it approaches his 42nd birthday on Thursday, April 26.
His mum Ina said:
"Not a day goes past that we don't think about Brendan.
"Every day without him in our lives is painful but it is even worse on his birthday, Christmas and other family occasions when he should be with us.
"When Brendan walked into a room he would light it up and as with every day he will be very much missed on his birthday.
"As the days turn into years it doesn't get easier - we have no closure and imagine all kinds of things and go through every emotion from hope to despair.
"If Brendan reads this I would like to tell him not to worry and not to be frightened about contacting police or us to let us know he is OK. I really want to hear from him as soon as possible, I just want to know he is safe and well as do his children and sisters."
Brendan's 20-year-old son Louis also appealed for information about his dad.
"It has been more than two years since we last saw Dad and we are all desperate to hear news of him.
"If he is out there and anybody knows where he is please contact us and let us know he is OK.
"We had a really good father-son relationship and there's not a day goes past that I don't think of him. I still miss him like mad.
"We all hope that one day he will come home. We all have so much to tell him and share with him - we all just want him back but if we can't have that then we just need to know he is OK."
In the week of Brendan's birthday officers will be delivering leaflets in Birkenhead appealing to anyone with any information about Brendon's whereabouts to come forward.
Brendan is described as 6ft 1in tall, of medium build with dark brown hair that is receding and blue eyes. He has a tattoo on his left wrist of a celtic cross and on his right wrist of a tribal marking.
Senior investigating officer in the case DI Dave McCaughrean said:
"We would like people to cast their minds back to the early hours of January 25, 2010 and the following days and contact us if they remember seeing anyone matching Brendon's description walking along the road in Birkenhead so we can piece together his movements in those first few days which may give us some vital clues.
"If Brendan reads this appeal we urge him to get in touch with us, or the Missing Person's Helpline, so we can give the important news to his family, who miss him so much, that he is safe and well.
"Even if he doesn't want to be found, we can let his family know he is OK without telling them where he is."
Brendan could be anywhere in the UK.
Anyone with any information about Brendan's whereabouts, or think they may have seen him, is asked to call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 2276, or Crimestoppers, anonymously. on 0800 555 111.
Alternatively, call the Missing Person's Helpline on 0500 700 700.
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