James Patrick Grealis (Missing Person)

Disappearance (Verdwijning) (An Cealú)

Circumstances (Omstandigheden) (Cúinsí)

The Disappearance


  • April 2007 ➜ Move to Eindhoven
  • August 2008 ➜ New Job in Someren
  • October 17, 2008 ➜ Lost his job. May have travelled to Rotterdam with James L.
  • October 20, 2008 ➜ Checked into a Breda hostel.
  • October 21, 2008 ➜ Worked in Terheijden
  • October 22, 2008 ➜ Made several calls and was seen in Central Breda and Teteringen that evening.
  • October 23, 2008 ➜ Checked out of the hostel. Withdraws money near Breda Station.
  • October 24, 2008 ➜ Might have topped up his phone.
  • November 2008 ➜ Possible sighting in Eindhoven and/or Helmond

The Aftermath

Description (Beschrijving) (Tuairisc)

Distinguishing Marks or Factors (Onderscheidende Kenmerken) (Tréithe Idirdhealaitheacha)

  • He often walked with his hands in his sleeves
  • Hij liep vaak met zijn handen in zijn mouwen
  • Is minic a shiúil sé lena lámha ina muinchillí
    Chaitheann tobac

Clothing (Kleding) (Éadaí)

  • Dutch Police — National Missing Persons Bureau (Case #08261250)
    Telephone: 0800–6070
    Telephone: +31 (79) 345–8882
    Website Tip Form: Link
  • Ireland Gardai (Achill)
    Telephone: +35 (398) 20–830
  • Missing Persons Helpline (Ireland)
    Telephone: 1890–442–552
    Telephone: 1 (800) 911–999
    Email: info@missingpersons.ie



  • Interpol Notice. Link
  • Missing Person’s Support, Facebook. 31 January 2020. Link
  • Anderson, N. (2019) ”IN LIMBO’ Distraught family of missing Mayo man JP Grealis hire Dutch crime investigator to help solve mystery disappearance’, Irish Sun, 11 January. Link.
  • Cummins, B. (2019) ‘Sisters make appeal in Holland to find missing Mayo man’, RTE, 19 January. Link
  • Mayo Advertiser (2009) ‘Achill man still missing in Holland’, 23 January. Link
  • Murphy, S. (2019) ‘Sisters of missing James Patrick Grealis make moving Dutch TV appeal to find brother’, Extra.ie, 23 January. Link
  • Murphy, S. (2019) ‘Family of missing Achill islander hire Dutch private detective to help solve case’, Extra.ie, 1 December, Link.
  • McNulty, A. (2019) ‘Grealis family make fresh appeal to end ten years of ‘torment’’, Mayo News, 22 January. Link
  • Waarheidsvinder (2010) ‘De verdwijning van James Patrick Grealis’, 20 April. Link
  • Waarheidsvinder (2010) ‘Ierse beloning voor gouden tip in zaak James Patrick Grealis’, 14 August. Link
  • Waarheidsvinder (2010) ‘Verhoging beloning in zaak James Patrick Grealis’, 24 December. Link
  • Waarheidsvinder (2011) ‘Alsnog onderzoek naar verdwijning James Patrick Grealis’, 8 November. Link.
  • Waarheidsvinder (2012) ‘Alsnog onderzoek naar verdwijning James Patrick Grealis’, 13 March. Link
  • Waarheidsvinder (2013) ‘Familie Grealis dient klacht in tegen politie’, 12 January. Link
  • Panorama (2017) ‘Niemand weet waar de vermiste James Patrick Grealis is’, 31 May. Link
  • Bray, A. (2014) ‘Family vows to keep looking for answers on missing man’, Independent, 3 July. Link
  • Armstrong, K. (2017) ”Mum died not knowing what happened to him’ — Fresh appeal for Irish man who went missing in 2008′, Independent, 11 January. Link
  • Ring, E. (2012) ‘Missing man’s family unhappy with Dutch investigation’, Irish Examiner, 15 March. Link
  • Missing Persons.ie. ‘Missing Persons Mayo’. Link
  • Conway, I. (2010) ‘Reward offered for information on missing Irishman’, Irish Times, 16 August. Link
  • Solanki, M. (2019) ‘Dutch fast food delivery drivers display missing persons posters’, I Am Expat, May. Link



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