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Family in fresh appeal for help decade after man went missing

By Staff Reporter

The family of a Tyrone man who vanished 10 years ago say they have been left "broken" by his disappearance.

Gerard Conway, who has bipolar disorder, was last seen in February 2007 in the Cookstown area.

Despite a number of searches and reported sightings in the Republic and England, he has not been found.

Gerard was 32 when he disappeared.

His family said it had been a "very long 10 years" without him.

"We have been left distressed, broken and devastated by the disappearance of our son, brother and father," they said.

"We miss him dearly and not a day goes by that we do not think about him."

Before his disappearance was reported, Gerard had been captured on CCTV at a bank in Cookstown.

He was officially reported missing on February 13, 2007.

Police made initial checks in and around Cookstown and extended these to the Republic and to England.

There were unconfirmed sightings in the Magherafelt, Toome and Ballymena areas.

Widespread searches of the countryside around Cookstown, using dogs and aircraft were unsuccessful.

Gerard's family said they fear ed "something untoward" may have happened to him.

"We are unable to gain closure as we have no answers and too many questions as to what might have happened to Gerard.

"Until we find Gerard, or recover his remains, it is simply impossible for us to properly commence the grieving process," they said.

"We feel that somebody must know what happened to Gerard, and where he is.

"We urge whoever it is to please, please come forward with that vital information that may help the police with their investigations to help solve Gerard's disappearance."

Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Talbot, from the PSNI's Serious Crime Branch, said Gerard's disappearance continued to cause heartache and uncertainty for his family.

Anyone with information, no matter how small, has been asked to contact police by calling 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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