Patrick Freeman has gone missing. The amateur inventor from a little village in the South of Ireland claimed on his Facebook page that he had invented a car that could run on tap water.
It required, he said, only a rechargeable battery and its engine weighed less than four kilos. On Youtube Patrick even posted a video of himself driving the car that could reach a maximum speed of over one hundred and eighty kilometres an hour and, incredibly, could drive for nearly four hundred miles on a gallon of water.
Jokingly, Caspar in the video, takes a swig out of a bottle of distilled water, pulls up in a country lane, chats to some cows over a fence and then empties the remainder of the bottle in the 'gas' tank. Laughing, Paddy drives off again whistling an Irish gig.
He wife Ursula, visibly shaken by what has happened, takes up the story:
"Paddy was very happy with his invention but he was not at all interested in making money from it. He was a deeply religious man, never missed mass, just wanted to help people. "What good is goodness if it can't help others?" he used to always say when he had had a whiskey or two. He just wanted to share his car with the world because, since we sold the farm, we had enough to live on. He was always tinkering with tractor engines and the like. I told him to keep it a secret but he would not listen to me. Yesterday afternoon, two gentlemen with American accents appeared at our door and asked to speak with him. They wanted him to demonstrate the car, they said, as they did not believe it was for real. Anything to Paddy but a challenge like that. They climbed in and he drove off. That was the last I saw of my husband."
Police do not expect foul play and the search for Paddy Freeman and his little green car was called off after a few hours.