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    Austria - Aeryn Gillern, 34, American working in Vienna, 29 October 2007

    http://cnycentral.com/news/local/a-m...tria?id=195253
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    Mon, 22 Sep 2008 13:21:36 GMT — Everything was in its place at Aeryn Gillern's apartment. His clothes were still in the washing machine where he'd tucked them before running off to work. Rice Krispie treats he'd baked for co-workers still sat on the counter, forgotten in the morning's haste.

    But entering her son's Vienna apartment was the start of a nightmare that has devoured Kathy Gilleran's life: Thirty-four-year-old Aeryn Gillern vanished Oct. 29 ago while working as a research clerk in Austria for the United Nation's Industrial Development Organization.

    "A part of me wanted to believe that he was going to meet me at the airport or he was just going to surprise me when I showed up at his apartment," said Gilleran, a 56-year-old retired Ithaca, N.Y. police officer. "The other part of me knew going into that room I was entering the worst part of my life."

    Kathy Gilleran doesn't know what happened to her son - who was openly gay; a first runner-up in the 2006 Mr. Gay Universe competition
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    Dotr, I haven't heard of this young man. Thanks for posting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaborDayRN View Post
    Dotr, I haven't heard of this young man. Thanks for posting!
    Just found the story of this missing man by chance, while looking for mps in Austria as per today's news..
    Austrian police find body in lake where body parts were found in suitcases.
    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...8#post12272218

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    http://www.thelocal.at/20150507/dive...ssing-american
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    Aeryn Gillern. Photo: Family
    May 7 2015
    A cold case police squad has spent three days searching Vienna’s Danube Canal for the remains of American Aeryn Gillern, who went missing in mysterious circumstances in October 2007.

    He was 34 years old at the time and had been working for UNIDO in Vienna. Two eyewitness reported seeing him running naked from a gay sauna - the Kaiserbrundl - after reportedly being assaulted, although his last confirmed location was a sauna on Stephansplatz after work.

    At the time police said that he was HIV positive and suicidal and that he jumped into the Danube and drowned - something his mother has said she finds hard to believe as he was very happy and had recently had an HIV test which showed he was negative.

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    Co-workers in Vienna described Gillern as a hardworking team player, gentle, charming, fitness-conscious and a person who loved to bake. Friends remembered a person with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. He graduated from Franciscan University in 1997 with a degree in theology and added a master's in 1999, his mother said. He also earned graduate degrees in philosophy and theology at Webster University while living in Vienna for the past six years.

    Despite his homosexuality, Gilleran said her son was a dutiful Catholic, who carried a rosary on his belt and a small, well-used prayer book - held together by a rubber band - in his back pocket. Aeryn studied for 18 months at a seminary in Graz and helped serve Mass at three Catholic churches in Vienna.
    http://cnycentral.com/news/local/a-m...tria?id=195253
    He sounds like a great young man. What a sad story.

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    Looks like his Mom has always helped other people, hope she gets the help needed to find her dear son soon, imo.

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    Kathy Gilleran
    Aeryn was raised in Groton, New York, and graduated from Groton High School in 1991, where he was a member of the chorus and the Varsity boys track team. From a young age, Aeryn was very deeply involved in the Roman Catholic Church, serving as an altar boy and later as an acolyte. An exuberant student, Aeryn earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Franciscan University, as well as two masters degrees: Theology & Christian Ministry from Franciscan University and International Relations from Webster University in Vienna. Aeryn was also an accomplished athlete and model for advertising campaigns, including Vienna’s popular charity event, The Life Ball. In 2005 and 2006, Aeryn was nominated Mr. Gay Austria, and was the first runner up in the international Mr. Gay 2006 competition. Beginning in 2003, Aeryn was employed as an economic research clerk for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna, Austria, and was elected to UNIDO’s Staff Council in 2007. He was an employee of UNIDO when he disappeared in October 2007.

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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-...b_1016835.html
    Inside the Mystery of a Son ‘Gone’ But Not Forgotten



    Updated Feb 02, 2016
    According to one eyewitness, immediately after the incident in the sauna, Aeryn ran, naked, through the streets of Vienna. One look at Aeryn’s photo — he was a muscular, fit man who held the title of Mr. Gay Austria — seems to confirm that it probably wasn’t a run-of-the-mill physical altercation inside the Kaiserbrundl that sent him fleeing. The same witness recalled that Aeryn’s eyes revealed something chillingly frightening.

    Whatever happened on the marble floors of the Kaiserbrundl was so shocking, and so completely unforgettable, that it continues to haunt the sauna’s owner and sends him spiraling into despair.

    It is those missing minutes of Aeryn’s story — still locked deep inside the eerie, cavernous rooms of the Kaiserbrundl — that provide a glimpse into what might have happened and that, in true Lynchian style, provide the unanswered questions that make Gone a film that lingers long after the closing credits roll.

    Contrary to what those who are covering up, and collapsing under, the truth are saying, it does matter what happened to Aeryn. And despite the best efforts of those complicit in that cover-up, Kathy Gilleran has ensured that, even though he is gone, her son will not be forgotten.

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    http://www.ithaca.com/news/gone-docu...cc4c03286.html

    Kathy Gilleran and Aeryn Gillern

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