A search is underway to find a missing Northern Irish cyclist after he failed to come home from a ride. Samuel Campbell has not been seen since going out for a bike ride on New Year’s Day in County Antrim.
Samuel’s family said there was nothing to suggest that anything was wrong with Samuel on the day of the bike ride and it had been prepared like any other bike ride by the keen cyclist.
Samuel is described as being 6ft, slim with short, dark hair. On New Year’s Day, he was wearing a red top with the letters TCG and black cycling training tights. He was riding a white road bike. That bike has now been recovered in Glenarm area of County Antrim but there is still no sign of Samuel, who has not been responding to his mobile phone that he took with him on the ride.
Samuel’s wife Laverne last saw him on the Tully Road in Kells, close to Ballymena in County Antrim, at around 2.15pm on Sunday.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) remain hopeful that Samuel is still alive. They believe that Mr Campbell may have become ill or had an accident while out riding and have asked farmers in County Antrim area to check outbuildings and laneways in case Samuel is sheltering and unable to move because of injuries sustained in a crash.
Appeal for information
Extensive searches of the Ballymena area within a 20 mile radius of Samuel’s home has been carried out by police officers and now the PSNI are appealing for members of the public who may have seen a man fitting the description of Samuel in the Coast Road area of Glenarm on Sunday afternoon to contact them.
Samuel’s brother David, making an appeal for information in the Belfast News Letter newspaper, said: “We just want anyone who saw him to contact the police so he can be found. We want as much information as possible to try to get him back.”
The PSNI contact number for information relating to Samuel’s disapperance is 0845 600 8000.