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CFL kicker O'Mahony vanishes on way to new team

CALGARY, Alberta -- Duncan O'Mahony, a Canadian Football
League kicker and punter, has vanished on his way to a new job with
the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, relatives and club officials say.

O'Mahony, 29, who played the past two seasons with the British
Columbia Lions after three with the Calgary Stampeders, left his
home town of Abbotsford, British Columbia, just north of Sumas,
Wash., on Friday to fly to Winnipeg, Manitoba, after signing with
the Blue Bombers as a free agent.

He planned to meet a friend for dinner during a stopover at the
Calgary airport but never showed. When he failed to board his
flight to Winnipeg, his baggage was taken off the plane, airline
officials said.

Concern rose after he failed to appear Saturday at for the start
of training on Saturday in Winnipeg.

Blue Bombers general Manager Brendan Taman said that in a
telephone conversation Friday morning, O'Mahony "seemed all jacked
up, ready to come" and asked who would meet him at the Winnipeg
airport.

"I've been talking to his father quite a bit, and [Duncan] has
had some issues he's been dealing with, [but] nothing that would
warrant this kind of a situation, I don't think," Taman said.

O'Mahony was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, but grew up in
Abbotsford and played football at the University of British
Columbia, then spent three years with the Calgary Stampeders and
two with the British Columbia Lions. He signed with the Blue
Bombers last week as a free agent.