Report: Canal water search stepped up in Vienna hunt for missing Dundalk IT student Ross Hanlon

Tia Clarke


Tia Clarke


iddt6 Ross Hanlon

Ross Hanlon has been missing since Friday

Police in Vienna have stepped up canal searches for missing DkIT student Ross Hanlon.

Investigators told Ross was seen walking down some stairs to the Danube Canal, which is a tributary of the River Danube.  

The 21-year-old was last seen outside Flex nightclub in the Augartenbrucke district of Vienna, early on Friday morning.

Ross, who is a business student in DkIT, traveled to Vienna for a holiday with two friends.

An Austrian police spokesman told the Irish Sun: “Our latest information is that the man was walking down the stairs to the water.

“We know he’s going down the stairs to the water, but nobody has seen him since.

The spokesman said that the search will continue for the DkIT student.

He said: “The river is very a progressive river. We are still searching with the police boats and the police are still working to find him.

“We will keep on searching. But we don’t have any more information so it is hard.”

Ross's parents have met with the Irish Ambassador to Austria on Monday and have been putting up posters around Vienna in a bid to find their son. 

Ross Hanlon's family also issued a fresh appeal for information on his whereabouts on Sunday. 

A Go Fund Me Page has also been set up to aid in the search. So far €13,142 of the €2,000 goal has been raised. 

Yesterday morning Dundalk IT's Student's Union held a vigil "to show support for Ross Hanlon, his family, and friends".