'Let him in your taxi': Mum's plea to cabbies to bring missing son home

The dad-of-two has been missing since October 5 after he left the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

Mother of missing Castlemilk man Barry McCullagh makes plea to taxi drivers one month after disappearance Police Scotland

The mother of a man who has been missing for more than a month has made a plea on social media for taxi drivers to look out for him.

Barry McCullagh, from Castlemilk, was last seen on Corsebar Road in Paisley, near the Royal Alexandra Hospital, at around 5.20pm on October 5.

His family previously told STV News that the 40-year-old dad-of-two was admitted to Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley on October 4, after he began to experience hallucinations.

He had been let out for a cigarette when he disappeared the next day.

On Sunday, Barry’s mother made a plea on social media for taxi drivers to keep an eye out for him – and if they are approached by him, to bring him home.

Posting on Facebook, Liz McCullagh wrote: “Our son Barry McCullagh has now been missing since October 5 outside the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley where he was a patient and was getting treated for mental health issues.

“Went out for a smoke around 5.25pm on that day unsupervised and didn’t return so if anyone has seen him, or befriend him, or know his whereabouts please contact the Paisley police station or any of our family on Facebook of his whereabouts and we will come and get him.”

She asked local taxi drivers on Bonfire Night, a night her son “loved”, to keep an eye out for Barry.

“To all taxi drivers, if you are approached by someone who looks like my son, he will be dirty looking, unshaven and his hair will be needing a haircut and his clothes will be smelly,” she wrote “Please let him in your taxi if approached and bring him to Ballantay Road, Castlemilk, and we will pay this end no problem as he has no money and no phone.

“No jacket at the time of his disappearance so please help to bring our son home to his family and his two sons.”

A police appeal described Barry as 5ft 9ins in height and of medium build with short, black hair. 

When he went missing he was wearing black and navy jogging trousers, a black jacket, and grey and white trainers.

Police have asked members of the public to check their sheds and outbuildings, as they do not believe Barry would have travelled far.

The force said it is “out of character” for him not to contact family or friends and are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

His family have been carrying out searches of their own in Paisley and have been focusing on local woodlands.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Anyone with any information on Barry’s whereabouts is asked to contact 101 quoting reference 3910 of October 5.”

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