Bomber kicker surfaces

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:57 AM ET

Duncan O'Mahony has been found, but many questions remain.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers punter/placekicker, who went missing Friday night on his way to the CFL team's training camp, was located yesterday afternoon.

It is not known, however, where the 29-year-old was found, how he was located or why he was missing for 68 hours.

O'Mahony's parents issued a statement through the Bombers at 3:30 p.m. yesterday.

"Duncan's whereabouts (have) been determined, and contact between him and the family has been made," the statement read. "The family wishes to advise that he is safe and that they require privacy in order to bring this situation to a close.

"We hope you respect our wishes and are very grateful for the media's assistance in this matter."

Bombers general manager Brendan Taman, who basically had been acting as the O'Mahony family spokesman throughout the ordeal, didn't know any other details as of press time last night.

O'Mahony's mother contacted her son's agent, Ross Gurney, yesterday afternoon to let him know Duncan had been found. Gurney then phoned Taman with the news and the statement.

Taman tried contacting O'Mahony's parents but he presumed they were on their way to Calgary to meet their son.

Taman is relieved O'Mahony is safe, but it's unlikely he'll ever play for the Bombers. O'Mahony is technically suspended by the Bombers, and Taman hopes to sign another kicker today.

"This guy's been AWOL for four or five days," said Taman. "We're not just gonna bring him back. There's a lot of questions that have to be answered.

"I'm just glad he's alive to start with, but what condition is he in? What mental state is he in? Has he been harmed? I have no clue."

O'Mahony, 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.

PLEA FOR HELP

He arrived at the Calgary airport at 5:58 p.m., and he was supposed to meet a friend there for dinner, but he never showed. O'Mahony's luggage, which had been put on the connecting flight to Winnipeg, was removed when he didn't board the plane.

On Sunday at 1 p.m., O'Mahony's family issued a public plea for help in locating their son.

Curiously, though, the O'Mahony family never did file a missing persons report with Calgary police. That has Taman believing there's more to the story.

"They found him on their own, which tells me they knew a lot more, maybe, behind the scenes than they let on," he said. "But I don't know."

The story drew media attention from across North America, including ESPN, the U.S. sports television network. Canada AM producers wanted Taman to appear on their show this morning.

Now that O'Mahony is safe, Taman will get back to focusing on football.

He said he may never know the whole story.

"I'm sure I'll talk to the family over the next day, and they'll let me know what happened or where he is," said Taman. "I don't know if they'll let me know exactly what happened."


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