No trace of kicker

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:02 PM ET

Football was put on the back burner yesterday on Maroons Road after the Winnipeg Blue Bombers revealed that one of their kickers, Duncan O'Mahony, is missing.

O'Mahony's parents are pleading for the public's assistance after their son failed to show up in Winnipeg on Friday night for the start of Bombers training camp on Saturday.

In a statement issued through Bombers general manager Brendan Taman yesterday afternoon, Dr. Justin O'Mahony said he and his wife are worried about the well-being of their son, who hasn't been heard from since Friday.

"Duncan O'Mahony hasn't shown for training camp due to personal issues," said an emotional Taman, reading from a piece of paper. "We are having difficulties in reaching him. There is a concern for his welfare.

"We therefore ask that anyone who knows where he is either contact the family or the club."

The family was expected to file a missing persons report with police last night.

The 29-year-old O'Mahony, a five-year CFL veteran who signed with the Bombers earlier this month to challenge Troy Westwood for the punting and placekicking duties, was scheduled to fly from his hometown of Abbotsford, B.C., to Winnipeg on Friday night, with a stopover in Calgary.

WestJet flight 824 arrived in Calgary at 5:58 p.m. on Friday, and it's believed O'Mahony was on it. He was supposed to meet a friend who was waiting for him outside the passenger area, but O'Mahony never showed.

When he didn't get on the connecting flight to Winnipeg, airline officials removed his luggage from the plane. He hasn't made contact with his family, his agent or anyone from the Bombers since.

'ALL JACKED UP'

"I can't confirm the last time somebody's had contact with him," said Taman. "It was probably in the Calgary airport."

Once a missing persons report is filed, it's expected police will analyze the airport's surveillance cameras to confirm that O'Mahony did, in fact, get off the plane in Calgary and attempt to see if he left the airport.

Anyone who was on WestJet flight 824 from Abbotsford to Calgary and might have seen O'Mahony leave the plane is asked to call authorities or the Bombers office at 204-784-2583.

Taman spoke with O'Mahony on Friday morning, and the GM said the conversation went well.

"He seemed all jacked up ready to come and wanted to know who was picking him up and when camp was," said Taman. "Since then it's just gone south.

"I've been talking to his father quite a bit, and (Duncan) has had some issues he's been dealing with, (but) nothing that would warrant this kind of a situation, I don't think."

Taman, who has dealt with thousands of players over his 19-year CFL career, has never experienced anything like this.

"I'm almost at a loss for words," he said. "It's the most troubling thing I've ever dealt with, and it's quite scary. You worry for his well-being, and I can empathize with his family, because they're just beside themselves.

"You see these shows like Without a Trace, and we're living it right now. The longer it goes on, the more scary it gets."


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