Search Launched in Dublin Park for Icelander Missing Since 2019

The search continues for Icelander Jón Þröstur Jónsson.

Following two anonymous tips, the police in Ireland now fear that Jón Þröstur Jónsson — who went missing in Dublin in 2019 — met his death after a meeting in Santry Demesne Park. The authorities initiated a search for his remains in the park yesterday. The search is expected to take at least two days. 

Missing without a trace

In February of 2019, 41-year-old Jón Þröstur Jónsson disappeared in Dublin. He was visiting the city with his fiancée to attend a poker tournament and was last seen on surveillance cameras in Whitehall, a northside suburb of Dublin. The police had few leads on Jón Þröstur’s disappearance early on, and very little new information has emerged over the past five years. 

Earlier this week, however, the police in Ireland announced that it had received two anonymous tips — sent to the police and a city priest respectively — suggesting that Jón Þröstur had walked to Santry Demesne Park on the night of his disappearance.

The Irish media outlet Dublin Live reported yesterday that police feared he might have been murdered: “Sources have told Dublin Live that officers now suspect Jón Þröstur Jónsson was killed on the day he vanished in the city five years ago – after a meeting he had organised went wrong. It’s understood officers believe he had lost thousands of euros while playing poker in Dublin before his disappearance – and was meeting someone to get access to more cash.”

Search expected to take at least two days

In light of this new information, the police initiated a search in Santry Demesne Park yesterday. Due to the size of the park, the search is expected to take at least two days.

Dublin Live reported that the authorities were focusing their search on two areas of the Santry Demesne Park. “One is a heavily wooded area, while the other is a deep lake in the park – which means officers believe his remains have either been hidden in a shallow grave or in the water … officers from Ballymun have called in several specialist Garda units – including divers and dog handlers. Cadaver dogs are involved in the search – and they are used to indicate if human remains are in the area.”

In an interview with Newstalk Breakfast this morning, journalist Muiris O’Cearbhaill from the Irish media outlet The Journal said that the police had not released any new information but that developments might occur today. 

As noted by Vísir, Jón Þröstur’s siblings, Anna Hildur and Davíð Karl, flew to Dublin last week and participated in a press conference with the police, renewing their call for the search for Jón Þröstur, five years after his disappearance.

Family of Missing Icelander Continues Search in Dublin

The family of Jón Jónsson, the Icelandic tourist who went missing in Dublin, Ireland two weeks ago, has been joined by ten Icelanders and dozens of Irish volunteers in their ongoing search for their missing loved one, RÚV reports. Although the family says that the Irish Garda has been keeping them well-updated on the search and has been collaborating with Icelandic police as well, authorities have yet to turn up any definitive clues about what happened to Jón. His family, however, isn’t giving up and staged another extensive search on Saturday morning, which, Vísir reports, as many as 100 locals took part in.

Jón Jónsson went missing in the Whitehall neighbourhood of Dublin while on holiday with his girlfriend. He is 6 ft [1.8 m], of medium build, and was wearing a black padded jacket when he was last seen. He left the Bonnington Hotel at 11:05am without his wallet, passport, or phone; he has not been heard from or seen since he was then caught by CCTV shortly afterwards, travelling down Swords Road on foot.

An Irish volunteer named Eamon Connolly spoke to RÚV about the local support that Jón’s family has received. “I don’t find it strange myself,” he said. “I just find when there is a situation like this, people rally around—community spirit. And it’d be a similar situation, I’d say, if there was an Irishman lost in Iceland.” Eamon noted that volunteers have made inquiries throughout the city centre, including at hostels, homes, and pubs, and “talking to people, putting a lot of posters up.”

Searches have also been made of the surrounding areas and with the long-distance collaboration of ICE-SAR, Icelandic Search and Rescue, volunteers in Dublin have been able to map which areas have been searched using Google Earth and Google Maps.

Two of Jón’s brothers discussed his situation on a popular Icelandic talk show and his family is maintaining a Facebook page—Jon Jonsson missing in Dublin—with updates about the search (in English) as well as links to their GoFundMe account.

Anyone with information about Jón’s whereabouts or disappearance are asked to contact Ballymun Garda Station on 01 6664400, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station. People who wish to volunteer by distributing missing persons flyers or to assist with the family’s ongoing search efforts can also be in touch at [email protected].

Icelandic Tourist Missing in Dublin

An Icelandic tourist has been missing in Ireland since February 9. According to a press release sent to news outlets by his family, Jón Jónsson went missing in the Whitehall neighbourhood of Dublin while on holiday with his girlfriend. His family has now travelled to Dublin to help organize continued search efforts.

Jón Jónsson is 6 ft [1.8 m], of medium build, and was wearing a black padded jacket when he was last seen. In a Missing Persons announcement issued by the Irish Garda, he left the Bonnington Hotel at 11:05am. He was then caught on CCTV at McGettigan’s bar two minutes later, “exiting onto the Swords Road heading northbound towards the airport.” The last he was seen, he was traveling on the same road. Jón has never been to Dublin before, however, and does not know the area.

As of writing, the Garda had not found any clues to give any indication of whether he disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Thus far, police have appealed to the public for assistance, and have also asked taxi drivers to provide dash cam footage from the night that Jón disappeared. His family also organized a search with volunteers from the public in the neighbourhoods of Whitehall, Drumcondra, Marino, Santry, Kilmore, and Beaumont.

Jón’s sister Þórunn has created a Facebook page—Jon Jonsson missing in Dublin (in English)—dedicated to updates on the search for her brother. “My older brother Jón has been missing for 10 days,” she wrote in a post shared on Tuesday morning. “I have been asking myself how a person can just vanish in broad daylight in a city of 2 million people? He went to Dublin for a 10 day trip with his girlfriend, Jana, to participate in a poker festival and look at some castles. And a day and a half into the trip he simply disappeared. I can speculate all day and all night about what happened but it won’t ease my restless mind.”

Anyone with information about Jón’s whereabouts or disappearance are asked to contact Ballymun Garda Station on 01 6664400, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station. People who wish to volunteer by distributing missing persons flyers or to assist with the family’s ongoing search efforts can also be in touch at [email protected].