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Fresh plea for information on 10th anniversary of Co Down man's disappearance

Published 31/12/2015

Martin Kelly went missing on new year's day, 2006
Martin Kelly went missing on new year's day, 2006

Police have said they remain committed to bringing closure to the family of a missing man as the 10th anniversary of his disappearance approaches.

Martin Kelly, from Kinnegar Drive, Holywood, Co Down, vanished on January 1 2006 with land, air and sea searches failing to uncover what happened to him.

On New Year's Day that year he was with friends in Pat's Bar in Garmoyle Street in Belfast to watch a football match.

His friends left the pub, and 21-year-old Martin remained in the bar talking to other customers.

Martin left at about 7.10pm and has not been seen since.

Relatives have insisted there are people who have information about what happened to the young man.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Reid, of Belfast City Policing District, appealed for anyone with information on Mr Kelly's whereabouts to come forward.

"Police remain committed and determined to discovering what happened to Martin and to bringing closure to his family. Detectives will continue to follow up all new lines of inquiry and any new information," he said.

Mr Kelly is described as about 6ft 1in, of slim build and with short dark hair. He was wearing a black Guinness T-shirt and blue jeans when he went missing.

DCI Reid added: "Police investigating Martin's disappearance carried out searches on land and on the water and deployed the diving team and air support team in these searches.

"We have also undertaken extensive inquiries but despite conducting a wide range of interviews and reviewing all available CCTV relating to the incident, Martin has not been located."

Anyone with information has been asked to contact detectives at Musgrave Police Station on 101, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or Missing People on 116 000.

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